DAVID P. LEVINE BIOGRAPHY



Born in South Pasadena, DAVID P. LEVINE graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1929.  He attended University of Southern California, and continued his studies in fine art at the Art Center School of  Design and in New York.  In about 1938, he married and he and his wife moved to Mexico until 1941, when World War II began.

Levine was recognized early for his paintings, watercolors and drawings of both California and Mexico capturing the flavor of the cities and villages, landscapes and people during the Depression of the 1930s and early 40s.  His subjects and media evolved over the years and he continued painting until a day before his death.

The early paintings of David P. Levine expose the bewildering poverty and desperation felt during the Depression years of the 1930s in the United States: The Factory Gates - closed, The Stranger - homeless, Home on Wheels - abandoned railway cabooses invaded by homeless, Skylights and Rooftops - a birds eye view of an empty industrial site.

His later work - acrylic paintings and assemblages - reveal the signs and symbols that dominate the contemporary landscape.

Since 1934 David P. Levines work has been exhibited at Los Angeles County Museum; Riverside Museum, NY; the Portland Art Museum; the Carnegie Institute, PA; the Denver Art Museum; San Diego Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum; San Francisco Museum of Fine Art; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Yale University Art Gallery, CT; Museo de Monterey, Mexico; Phoenix Art Museum, AZ; Davis Art Galleries of Wellesley College, MA; the Magnes Museum, Berkeley, CA and in professional art galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newport Beach, CA.  His work is in many private and museum collections.  In 2005 he received a prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in recognition of his lifetime in art.


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