Monday, April 23, 2012

Donna Levinstone


“Clouds” © Donna Levinstone

Name:  Donna Levinstone
Bio: Donna Levinstone was born in New York in 1955 and is based in Long Island City.  Her formal art education took her through SUNY (State University of New York) at Stony Brooke, 1976; the Pratt Institute, 1978; and  the Art Students League, 1979. She is a member of the Pastel Society of America. She has been featured in American Artist, and in the Best of Pastel (Quarry 1996); and Landscape Inspirations (Quarry 1997) among others.
Levinstone is widely represented in public collections. including the Library of Congress, the Museum of the City of New York, CBS, General Electric, the US Department of State, AT&T, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Citigroup, Time Inc, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Nabisco Brands Inc, Columbia House, The Disney Company, The Bristol Meyers Company, Pfizer, The New-York Historical Society and Touche Ross.
She has exhibited recently at Graficas Gallery, Nantucket, and the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, Long Island, New York.
Medium: Pastel. Using Diane Townsend pastels on white Stonehenge paper, Levinstone captures the weight and essence of nature’s different components through a process of additions and substractions. “As I layer my drawings with darkness and light, I explore the powerful forces of nature as well as its beauty. I examine the dualities of light and dark, calm and volatile and ethereal and permanence.” Levinstone went through different materials and sizes until she reached a vocabulary that ranges between impressionism and photorealism to express her fascination with sky and water. She invites the viewer to explore the duality of what is permanent in our world and what is ever-changing.
Subjects: Landscape.
Style: Levinstone’s current work is centered around the relationships between tranquility and volatility, the ethereal and the earthly, light and dark, and night and day. Through the reflected light in her atmospheric drawings, Levinstone invites the viewer to explore the duality of what is permanent in our world and what is ever-changing in it.
Levinstone states: "
My pastel landscapes concern themselves more with a spirit of place than an actual place. They don't describe a specific location or place as much as they strive to create an essence of light and atmosphere….My most recent work features multi-paneled images which represent a shift from a traditional approach to a more contemporary one.”
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Gallery: Pastels ; Triptychs.
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Youtube:
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