Contemporary Realism Painting Studio of Dana Levin

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Finalist-32 Annual Competition The Artist’s Magazine


The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition

I have been notified that two of my paintings (Lovers and My Guide) are finalists. There were over 7,500 entries! These paintings are currently available at Tree’s Place Gallery on Cape Cod, MA.
MyGuideHighRes Lovers

Painting on loan to BBH

My painting, Whirl, is on loan at the Boston office of Brown Brothers Harriman.
BBH is the oldest privately owned banking institution in the US. Their Boston office has 2000 employees!  dana still life

Finished Portrait

This is the finished posthumous oil portrait of Dr. Jane Weeks, M.D., M. Sc.  I brought it to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this week.  There will be an unveiling in August.
Dr. Jane Weeks, 20x36 inches, oil on polyester

Dr. Jane Weeks, 20×36 inches, oil on polyester

I find it a real honor when someone entrusts me to do a portrait, but especially a posthumous portrait.  People that knew the person tell me about them, try to relate to me how they feel about them, what the person means to them, the impression the person left them with. It is a very special experience.


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Still Life Show Tree’s Place in May

Symmetry, oil on linen by Dana Levin

Symmetry, oil on linen by Dana Levin

I am looking forward to an exhibition at Tree’s Place gallery.  I will be included in a group show of still life paintings May 2015.

This is a testimonial from a happy client…and when the client is happy, I am happy (big smile)

Would you recommend Dana Levin, and if so, why?
“Yes, for two reasons.  First the proficiency, the aesthetic which is apparent in the artist’s portfolio.  But, beyond that, there’s something else.  I’m not sure if empathy is the right word, but Dana demonstrated a compassion to understand who Blanche was. I think she took that part of the process very seriously.  Like a biographer, if an artist doesn’t understand the spirit of a subject, then the work is lifeless, just the record, the facts or a description. This is more than that: when I look at this portrait I don’t just recognize those eyes, I know the look in those eyes.  This is Blanche.

DJ Narey- Portrait Client

Accepted into Women Painting Women Juried Exhibition at Principle Gallery, Charleston SC

D.Levin,oilonlinen,ForwardSweep,22x26I just found out that my painting Forward Sweep, 22×26 inches, has been juried into the Women Painting Women exhibition at Principle Gallery in SC.

I have been watching the Women Painting Women exhibitions since they began in 2010 and am honored to be included.  The show opens September 5th- 125 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC.



Portrait Commission of Anne

16x20 oil on linen Portrait Painting Commission

16×20 oil on linen
Portrait Painting Commission

Here is the finished portrait painting commission of Anne Rosenfield.  Working with her and her husband Noah has been so wonderful.  “Wonderful” is a total understatement.



New Painting Finished

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Symmetry, oil on linen, 17×44 inches.

Hard to find an image that really reflects the strong impact of the painting.  But if you would like to see it larger, click on the photo.

Hope you like it!


Explanation of my painting The Sacred Love

The-Sacred-Love oil on canvas, 11×14 inches

A friend was asking the meaning of one of my paintings.  Sacred Love- it currently resides at The Ettinger Gallery.
Sacred Love is based on the painting by Titian- Sacred and Profane Love- Amor Sacro e Amor Profano.  In the Titian painting it has been up for debate which of the two women depicted is representing the sacred or the profane love. It was first assumed the woman in the white wedding dress was the sacred and the nude woman was the profane.
I believe the nude women seated on the fountain is the sacred one.  She is on the right side of the canvas, as apposed to the left- in Italian, La Sinistra- the sinister.  The nude female on the right side is also higher with her arm lifted up, closer to heaven,.
I included a plum fruit in my painting. Fruit in general symbolizes our corporal desires, our earthly pleasures.  And the vessel in the center is a symbol I often use.  Vessels are protective containers for delicate and special earthly objects that one highly values.  Objects that a person might even consider close to the divine.  It also represents the mothers womb. The introvert in me also loves the idea of something being able to hide-out in there!
In terms of composition I used part of the image from the Titian painting (the image of sacred love) in the above right corner to reflect and draw the viewers eye to the vessel, as if the personification of sacred love is looking inside.

Dear friend- I hope this sheds some light on the subject!


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