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Levi van Veluw  Hoevelaken, The Netherlands

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About Levi van

Levi van Veluw´s photo series are self-portraits, drawn and photographed by himself: a one-man-process. His works constitute elemental transfers; modifying the face as object; combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object of great visual impact. The work you see therefore is not a portrait, but an information-rich image of colour, form, texture, and content. The image contains the history of a short creative process, with the artist shifting between the entities of subject and object.

‘Landscapes’. This 4-piece series reinterprets the traditional landscape painting, removing plots of grass, clusters of trees, babbling brooks from their intimate 2 dimensional formats and transposing them onto the 3 dimensional contours of his own face. Thus a fresh twist is given to the obsession inherent in the romantic landscape of recreating the world and simultaneously being part of it. The romantic landscape and self-portrait genres are combined as a means of re-examination.

Besides the four landscapes, Levi van Veluw will also present a new video piece, landscape installation and works from two other series of photographs.

Since having graduated from the Artez Art School in Arnhem the Netherlands, Levi van Veluw has enjoyed a remarkable amount of success in a short period of time, with his work being showcased in several different locations across Europe and the States, earning him a number of prestigious awards that include the Photographer of the Year Award at the IPA International Photo Awards in the USA.

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"nice! a piece of inspiration."

"Have you seen the original paperback cover art for Frank Herbert's book "The Green Brain", published by New York Ace Books in 1966?"

"my sister told me it was a real man and i believed her."

"The wonderful piece of artwork at the top of the page seems to create a collision between both man and also seems to predict the future of man-kind and its relationship with the Earth itself."

"simply amazing"

"Anon,You are right, but still, I crave to see something from a fellow artist that fills my heart with that longing to also capture or express beauty, life, the world and imagination in a pure way, untainted with pretentiousness, or feigned pretentiousness. I'll keep searching."

"I think it's an interesting combination and fusion of two very old subjects in art. Landscapes can be seen far back in human history, but also self-portraits as well. Usually when a figure and a landscape are depicted it's the figure that is in the landscape, not the landscape as figure or figure as landscape. I don't think doing selfportraits is a narcisstic approach. It does assert the artist's status when he or she puts themself as the main focus. Rather than looking at a piece done by an artist you are looking at the artist as a piece of art."

"Yes, it is nice work in an art context, but if seen from a theatrical point of view, it is special effects makeup, and stagecraft. In the last year I have seen the emergence of a cinematic influence. For example, photographs that seem to be a scene from a larger narrative. It is just art with a cinematic influence which is ok to me. I hesitate when I see the artist using only his face and I charge "narcissism" which plagues many artists."

"I'm a lichen it!"

"wow, i can't imagine just one person doing all of this. Truely amazing!"

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