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David X Levine

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Birth year

Lives in
New York City

Works in
New York City


Representing galleries


David X. Levine uses a heavy application of colored pencils and ink on paper to create painterly works, a painstaking process that takes tens to hundreds of hours of manual labor depending on the size of the piece, which can range from six inches to five feet.

Levine’s abstract art has vibrant, striking colors, and his unusual method of millions of pencil strokes gives his work a duality of being hard and soft, straight and curved. His illusory forms can seem neither two- nor three-dimensional.

His work has been described as rhythmic, and indeed it is at a fundamental level. Many of his pieces are inspired by specific songs, usually rock and jazz, and the artist has even been commissioned by individuals to create art based on a particular song. Levine’s art sometimes includes hand-written passages from the songs that inspire them, uniting the sensory experience of listening with the visual language of abstraction. Many of his works walk the line between figurative and abstract, while his somewhat anthropomorphic figures and the contrast of his bright colors can seem surrealistic.

His most recent work has embraced right-angles and sharpened edges, creating sleek surfaces of such precision that only close viewing betrays the artist’s manual mark-making. These works are often named after artists that have affected Levine’s life and work, representing his interest in memorializing.

Levine uses a specific brand of paper that will not absorb too much color, so that layers of color can give the paper a certain finish which he accentuates by buffing the art down to a smooth finish. On some of his artwork, the wear from buffing is allowed to show.

Levine has had twelve solo exhibitions since 2001. His work has been shown at the University Museum of Art in Albany, New York, and the Boston Center for the Arts. The artist lives and works in New York City.


Solo Exhibitions

2012 "DAVID X. LEVINE: DRAWINGS", Eight Modern, Sante Fe, NM

2012   AMY WINEHOUSE, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

2012   THE BEATLES ARE DULL & ORDINARY, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY

2010   She Kept Her Heart Parked on a Hill, Eight Modern, Santa Fe, NM

2009   Brian Wilson Loves You, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

2006   Drawings, John Davis Gallery, Hudson NY                                                                                   

2005   Drawings, Dust Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2005   Drawings, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA

2003   Recent Drawings, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA

2003   Drawings, Bodybuilders & Sportsmen, Chicago, IL

2002   Teenage Symphonies to God, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY

2001    Paintings and Drawings, Gallery Bershad, Somerville, MA


Group Exhibitions

2011   Given a Miniscule Ledge, Norwood, New York, NY

2008   Ceci n’est pas un dessin, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York, NY     

2007   Thinking in Color, Lemberg Gallery,  Ferndale, MI

2007   Group Show, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York, NY

2006   Getting it Right, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

2006   Group show, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2005   Paper Beats Rock, Cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA

2004  Group Show, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

2004  The First Happiness, University Museum of Art, Albany, NY

2004  Summer Show, OSP Gallery, Boston, MA

2004  I Want To Take You Higher, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY

2004  PaintDraw, Dust Gallery, Las Vegas, NV

2003   Where Nobody Knows Your Name, Overtones, Los Angeles, CA

2003   New York Cross Cut, Kunstverein Firma, Paradigma, Linz, Austria

2003   The Musikshow, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX

2003   Recession 2003 $99 Show, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York, NY

2002-1 The Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery; Juror: Bill Arning, curator of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, MA

2000  To Each His Own, Gallery Onetwentyeight, New York, NY

Recent Exhibits

David X Levine participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2013 Year of the Snake
Eight Modern
Oct, 2012 David X Levine: Drawings
Eight Modern
Dec, 2010 David X Levine: She Kept Her Heart Parked on a Hill
Eight Modern
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