London, 28 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
London’s National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a new portrait of Baroness Helena Kennedy, commissioned by light artist Chris Levine.
Kennedy, a barrister, politician, and broadcaster, is depicted larger than life-size, wearing her barrister’s robe, her face turned to the viewer. The portrait is a lenticular print, produced using a specialist photographic technique which invests the image with a three dimensionality, depending on the angle from which it is viewed.
Commenting on the work, Levine says: “When I was researching the Baroness, one quote of hers really sang to me. When asked what really matters, the Baroness replied: ’love matters, it’s the only thing that really matters’”.
Levine was born in Ontario, Canada, in 1972, and produces works which employ photography, lasers, holography and stage design – with light perpetually remaining a central component. His portrait was supported by J.P Morgan’s Fund for New Commissions, and is part of the ongoing J.P.Morgan Signature Series.