Classic, Large, Benny Levy oil painting the canvas measures 32X40 inches
framed it is 43X35 inches
Levy has drawn a great deal of inspiration from his collection of family photos, many of which were taken before he was born. His paintings have absorbed a lot of the magic of these old photos, which is reflected in the distinct rigidity of his figures, the dream-like quality of his paintings and the theatrical setting of most of his portraits and scenes. Figures in full dress are arranged as if for a photograph, and the stage is fitted out with a curtain and scenes.
Benjamin Levy was born in Tel Aviv in 1940. He studied art in Israel under Abraham Yaskil, in Paris at the École de Montparnasse and in New York at the Pratt Graphic Art Center. After his studies he returned to Tel Aviv, where he set up a studio and later got married. In 1965 the Levy family moved to New York , where he soon achieved success and recognition. He now lives in New York , Tel Aviv and in the Ein Hod artistic colony in Israel. Since the late 1960s he has held over 80 one-man shows and has taken part in over 100 group shows in Israel, the United States and Europe. His work is included in many private and public collections throughout the world.
The work of Benny Levy is steeped in memories of his family. He comes from a large family with roots in Yemen that later moved to Palestine and settled near the port of Jaffa. His paintings are filled with exotic images from his childhood memories and family photos. Having elements of Folk Art,They send out signals which emphasize the unreal and dream-like space of his paintings and evoke an atmosphere that recalls the metaphysical, Surrealist works of Giorgio de Chirico and Rene Magritte.. His paintings give us an unexpected sense of déja-vu, recalling encounters with our own past, unconsciousness and dreams in his own unique whimsical manner of Naive Surrealism.
Selected one-person Exhibitions:
1995 Nathan Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
1995 National Arts Club, New York , New York
1993 Galerie maguy, Geneva, Switzerland
1991 La Gravida Gallery, Rome, Italy
1991 Union League Club, New York , New York
1991 Yeshiva University Museum, New York , New York
1985 Goldman Fine Art, Washington, D.C.
1985 Galerie Fabien Boulakia, Paris, France
1982 Editions Galleries, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1981 Galerij S65, Aalst, Belgium
B´nai B´rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
The Jewish Museum, New York , New York
Museum of Modern Art, Haifa, Israel
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Panama City, Panama
Museo Sefardi, Toledo, Spain
New York Public Library, New York , New York
Skirball Museum, Los Angeles, California
The Stedelijk Museum, Amserdam, Netherlands
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Yeshiva University Museum, New York , New York
About Benjamin West
Extremely popular among the 18th-century British aristocracy and royalty, Benjamin West’s work is primarily composed of commissioned portraits and history paintings. West is best known for his 1770 painting The Death of General Wolfe, which caused a stir when it was displayed at the Royal Academy because the figures were shown wearing contemporary clothing rather than classical garb. Later in his career, West began to focus on religious subject matter in his work and began to devote a great deal of effort to teaching American-born artists in England, such as Charles Willson Peale and Matthew Pratt.
American, 1738-1820, Swarthmore, PA, United States, based in London, United Kingdom