Chris Levine is best known for his “Lightness of Being” portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and “She’s Light,” an image of Kate Moss. His luminous portrait of the Dalai Lama, created using 3D technology, will be sold in six limited editions, ranging from small prints to large 3D lenticular portraits, with all proceeds going to charities involved in the 2015 Nepal earthquakes relief effort.
Commenting on the opportunity to capture the Dalai Lama, Levine said in a statement: “He is an extraordinary human being, and I’m humbled to have created his portrait. It was a personal ambition, and that it came to me was something of a blessing. There was a kind of magic involved in how this commission came about. It’s as if there was a higher power directing, and I was just carrying out a duty.”
Levine’s “Compassion” portrait is currently on display in a specially created meditation room as part of the Fine Art Society’s 140th-anniversary exhibition (June 6 to July 7). BLOUIN ARTINFO got in touch with Levine to find out more about the portrait and his experience with the Dalai Lama.
What led to you creating a portrait of the Dalai Lama?
After the Queen, I was often asked who I’d like to shoot most. I always said the Dalai Lama, and somehow the universe delivered. It was quite strange — I went to meet a friend who I’d not seen for a while and when I saw him, his phone rang. It was the curator appointed by Tibet House to determine the artist to carry out the portrait, saying that he understood he knew me and asking him to introduce us. He handed the phone over to me. It was meant to be.
Chris Levine, “Compassion,” 2015-2016
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