Contemporary Realism Painting Studio of Dana Levin

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!

New Still Life and Landscape Paintings

Hi Y’all

(Yes, I am from the South- Miami is “South”)

Here is a paintings I just finished.  Hope you like it.  Also, a shout out to my dear daughter Golda, who just turned one!

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Trees Place Exhibit August 4-9

I’ll be showing new still life paintings with Jeffrey T Larson and Steven J Levin.  Opening is this Saturday August 4th from 5-7pm- if your on the Cape stop in-I’ll be there.Whirl

Trees Place Rt. 6A at 28 Orleans, MA

Still Life at Ettinger Gallery

Heaven and Earth

Heaven and Earth, 18×24.  At Ettinger Gallery.

New Painting at Tree’s Place

humble bowl, Trees Place

I am thrilled to announce a new relationship with Trees Place Gallery in Orleans, MA.  Here is “Humble Bowl”, 16×20.

Eleanor Ettinger Self portrait Exhibition


New self portrait with my daughter, Golda.

“My Golda”, dates of the exhibition  June 15- July 14th 2012

International Artist Magazine

There is a demo of me painting a flower and an extensive explanation of working methods in the  December/January issue of International Artist Magazine.

international artist magazine

“Creating a Convincing Alternate Reality; Dana Levin evokes poetry in realism through meticulous attention to how a painting is finished.”

From my press page you can read the entire article.  Click here.

Panelist at Boston International Fine Art Show

I will be a panelist at BIFAS, Saturday, November 19th, 3-4 pm, at the Cyclorama. I was honored when asked to join this intriguing discussion.  It is moderated by two national magazine editors and popular BIFAS presenters:  Joshua Rose of American Art Collector and Peter Trippi of Fine Art Connoisseur.



Other panelists are

Julie Bangert, Gallery Director, Tree’s Place Gallery, Orleans, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Ives Hunter, Executive Director, Cape Cod Museum of Art   
Stapleton Kearns, Artist, New Hampshire


Discussion will be:

Shaping the Present: Realist Art Then and Now

For years, people have been saying realist art is coming back.  Judging from its growing visibility and the mushrooming of realist art schools nationwide, it’s more accurate to say it’s here.  How are top contemporary realist artists inspired or informed by their historical counterparts?  Is it wise to collect today’s realist artists when many museums and critics are reluctant to highlight them?  


Drawing Exhibit at Marshal Lekae Gallery

MaurizioOpening October 20th- I am very pleased to participate in a drawing exhibit at the grand Marshal Lekae Gallery in Scottsdale Arizona.  Look out for an advertisement in SouthWest Art Magazine.  Arizona is new exhibition territory for me and I am thrilled to begin this relationship with such a fine gallery.

They also have two of my paintings on view.  The gallery director Peter Strub is very knowledgeable and a delight to talk with.


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