Elliott Levine is a sculptor, painter, and designer, living in NYC. His clients have included H.R.H. the King of Borneo, Bill Gates, Angelo Donghia, and Mrs. Diana Vreeland. His large commissions include murals and paintings for the Trattoria Delle ‘Arte (across from Carnegie Hall), the lobby of the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel, Circus Circus in Las Vegas, murals for Herb Alpert, decorating the dressing room for stars like Liberace at Radio City Music Hall, and designing the wedding for Diana Ross in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Levine collaborated on 7 restaurants with Milton Glazer including the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center. Mr. Levine also created decors for the Tony Awards, and designed a collection of tapestries with John Saladino. It was about this time, while wandering through the Hirschorn Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., that Mr. Levine realized the wonders of Sculptures. He immediately began to make sculptures. His first work was in ceramics. Mr. Levine has since been invited to several art colonies to pursue his new work. He has spent many joyful months at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.
My work is a mediation. This is an Eastern approach to making art. I invite my consciousness to speak to me, to develop ideas, to solve problems. In a lot of ways, the visual arts ask the same questions of all arts, it asks a voice within us to take over the “driver’s seat.” If we do not call on the “unknown”, the only things we can produce are things that are “knowable”. Producing knowable things is really the function of a copy machine. Of course, all art is merely a “practice”. A practice for bigger and better things. As we learn focus and concentration, we seek answers to life and universal knowledge. Just as other arts are “stairways” to the mysteries of life, so drawing and painting are merely the residue of experience. It is very gratifying when people recognize the results of my experience and wish to ponder it, and embrace it. The experience of producing art is VERY satisfying. When one thinks a new thought or develops a new form, our brain releases dopamine. This is the brain’s treat: it makes us feel good, it lifts our thoughts, it gives us pride. It’s a very nice chemical. However, self-experiential knowledge is more than a chemical, it is the creative inside of us--functioning. It is reaching into the universe and bringing out a plum of a surprise. It is what separates us from copy machines --or does it make us copy machines?
Lives and works in New York, NY