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Dean Levin

Contemporary Artist Dean Levin's "Rigorous Investigations of the Nature of Painting"

July, 2017
Dean Levin in his New York Studio, for Ala Champ Issue 9. Photo: Clement Pascal

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in Los Angeles, 28-year old artist Dean Levin currently lives in Chinatown, New York City.

Continuously painting whilst studying Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York, upon graduating Dean began to exhibit his work at unconventional venues such as the Temp Art Space and The Standard Hotel in New York. Exhibiting in group and solo shows in Turin, London, Brussels, Miami and Cologne, or with renowned gallerist Marianne Boesky. Boesky is well-celebrated for her uncanny intuition in an artists ability, even when they are well ahead of their time, such as Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara whom she launched in America in past years.

Dean’s works at minimalist at times, with architectural elements coming into play, an obvious influence from his years at Pratt. His sculpture and painting is unconventional, almost like his attitude to life. A previous body of work saw plaster poured into the back of canvases, and his solo show at the Robert Blumenthal Gallery contained only one sculpture of a dozen paintings contained in a metal framework.

He cites his inspiration as the work of earlier generations [of artists] such as Robert Ryman, Ad Reinhardt and those associated with California Light and Space and Arte Povera. Dean tells us, “It was my sense of their rigorous investigations of the nature of painting, and of related questions like materials, object-hood, and perception that spurred me to tackle those problems in a contemporary context”.

What is the best thing about being an artist?

Everything.

What is the hardest thing about being an artist?

Everything.

This feature was originally published in Ala Champ
Issue 9 ‘Portrait City Series’

July, 2017