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Lived/Active: California      Known for: figure, portrait, poverty genre

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted October 2004, is from the artist.

David P. Levine attended the University of Southern California and Art Center School of Design between 1929 and 1936, followed by a brief stay in New York. He returned to Los Angeles in 1937 where he produced works that were sympathetic depictions of hobo camps, tenement scenes, derelict buildings, unemployed wanderers and farms -- a response to the conditions then in Southern California.

In 1940, Levine moved to Mexico City, and then to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, refining his painting technique and exploring other media -- aquatint, monotype and woodcutting. He painted among working class locals, documenting the reality of their day-to-day struggles. His narrative is moody and symbolic in content, while maintaining an intent to be sensitive and compassionate for humanity in the tone and expression of his art.

Upon his return to Los Angeles in 1941, Levine worked as a technical artist in the aircraft industry, while at home he created paintings related to the tempo that surrounded him in the war time factories.

Later in life, beginning 1980, Levine returned to painting, creating abstract and semi-abstract acrylic paintings, and assemblages.

Between 1938 and 1997, Levine's work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Foundation of Western Art, Riverside Museum, California Watercolor Society, Portland Art Musem, Stendahl Gallery, San Francisco Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Denver Museum of Art, Seattle Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Ontario Museum of Art, Universtiy of Judaism, Laguna Art Museum, Toby C. Moss Gallery, Yale University Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum, Museo de Monterrey (Mexico), Judah L. Magnes Museum (Berkeley) and the Orange County Museum of Art. Levine's paintings won first place/purchase awards at the Los Angeles County Fair (1938), Los Angeles All City Competition (1937) and the Sacramento State Fair (1939).

His paintings are in private collections and in the collections of the Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Beach Museum of Art and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College (Massachusetts).

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in South Pasadena, CA on Dec. 13, 1910. Levine studied at USC and with Barse Miller and Stanley Reckless at the Art Center School in Los Angeles. Except for visits to NYC (1936) and Mexico (1940), he was a lifelong resident of southern California; he died at his home in Newport Beach on Sept. 20, 2005. Exh: Calif. WC Society, 1936-44; LA County Fair, 1938 (prize), 1939; Portland Museum, 1939; Artists Union (LA), 1939; Riverside Museum, 1940; Stendahl Gallery (LA), 1941 (solo); Colorado Springs Art Center, 1941; San Diego FA Gallery, 1941; Carnegie Inst., 1941; Denver Museum, 1941; Santa Barbara Museum, 1988; Ontario (CA) Museum, 1991 (solo); Yale Univ., 1993. In: Orange County (CA) Museum.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Who's Who in American Art 1940-70; Los Angeles Times, 4-15-1997; Social Security Death Index (1940-2002).
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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