Timo Kraus, 2016

by Dan Levenson

Painting : oil 16.5 x 11 inch

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Dan Levenson, Timo Kraus

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16.5 x 11 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Origin: France

At first sight Dan Levenson’s studio isn’t exactly what you’d expect.

Some tired-looking old furniture marked by the passing of time stands proudly in the middle of the studio, whereas the artist’s canvasses are sensibly stored away in a multitude of boxes piled one on top of the other. It looks like the paintings are trying desperately to escape, without ever quite succeeding. Some that seem to have the artist’s favour have won the right to be present and are spread across a table that’s just as old and worn as the rest of the furniture.

The confusion really arises when we discover the paintings. Are we in the studio of a follower of Bauhaus, a constructivist artist, or rather a fellow traveller of the Abstraction-Création group? In fact, Dan Levenson is a young artist from New York who has recently settled in Los Angeles, someone who seems perfectly serene and in tune with his times. I saw in Dan a connection with a Tim Burton-like character. Levenson asserts his right to mystify, however a predominant sense of mischief outweighs his vanity.

There is a joyous and a poetical Dadaist vibe to his work that leaves room for a form of poetry, a picturesque narrative that lends its secret energy to the story he is telling, deeply marking it with strength and life. Profoundly rooted in an overall conceptual theme, Dan Levenson’s paintings are in touch with the traditions of historical art and fantasy. According to the artist: “My work deals with a completely fictional narrative about a community of Swiss artists in a generic modern-day past. The story’s protagonists are the various institutions that surround the artists, whereas the latter’s individual identities remain unknown.

These institutions include an art school, an art gallery, a manufacturer of art and office supplies, a publishing company, a philanthropic tobacco manufacturer and a state-like entity, the Swiss Standards Organization.” Levenson takes on every role: the painter paints, the sculptor sculpts, the installation artist installs and the designer designs. A plural form of art, a pluralism that is the consequence of Dan Levenson’s aesthetic approach that he sums up with his trademark ingenuity and irreverence: “I avoid any claims of authenticity, the fragmented story is told through a wide variety of media, which represent the material remnants of a forgotten culture. The paintings are central to the project.”

Born in New-York, NY, US, Dan Levenson currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 1997, he obtained his M.F.A from the Royal College of Art, London. His work has been exhibited at White Columns, New York, NY; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; PARTICIPANT INC, New York, NY; EFA Gallery, New York, NY; Peloton, Sydney, Australia; and Of ceOps, Brooklyn, NY.
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Praz-Delavallade • France

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Dan Levenson

Dan Levenson

United States • Born in: 1972

Emerging artists


Abstract Graphics


American artists

Born in 1972 in New York in the United States and now settled in Los Angeles, Dan Levenson did a diploma at the Royal College of Art in London in 1997. Since then, his works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world: White Columns, New York, NY; LAXART, Los Angeles, CA; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; PARTICIPANT INC, New York, NY; EFA Gallery, New York, NY; Peloton, Sydney, Australia; and Of ceOps, Brooklyn, NY. The American artist has a trademark geometric style, somewhere between ultra-contemporary and reverence for the history of art.  His oils on canvas in particular follow a precise composition, filling the space with recurrent geometric patterns: rectangles, circles, squares, triangles and other simplistic linear designs… 

In the past Levenson preferred monochrome creations in black and white with a dried, aged appearance, but today he favours a richer, brighter colour palette, and plays with superimposition onto a white background and creates geometric paintings. In 2018 the Praz-Delavallade gallery in Paris held an exhibition dedicated to Levenson, entitled 'SKZ Forms and Colour Studies'. The series of works they choose called to mind a hybrid blend of abstract artand the German school of Bauhaus. 

As a painter, Dan Levenson's works form part of a fantastical wider story, and he has created a school of art which a group of Swiss artists are now a part of. The identity of these artists is not known, but Levenson has imagined a range of institutions based around this fictional community, including a philanthropic tobacco company, a desk manufacturer, and even the governmental institution 'Swiss Standards Organisation'. His creations have a global, conceptual theme, and have a tone to their abstraction that could almost be described as Dadaist. 

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