Andrew Leventis is an oil painter who references imagery from film and television in his work. He earned a BFA in Painting from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His work has been featured in Norway at Kunstgalleriet, and in London at Matt Roberts Arts and The Griffin Gallery. In the US, his work has recently been exhibited at Axis Gallery, California and the Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana. Andrew has taught Graduate Painting at the University of South Dakota, been a guest lecturer at Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
My work appropriates televised imagery to reflect on society’s connection to mass-produced media images. With social media and Facebook advertising, the human being is represented ever more as commodity. My painting traces the history of humans exhibiting possession and ownership of one another through things-necklaces, photos, souvenirs, and other such still-life memorabilia. In this sense, my painting acknowledges the history of humans conceiving of one another as commodities. Yet at the same time, it attempts to re-establish the human being as cherished, emotive, thinking, original, and individual. It acknowledges the tendency to objectify the human, yet attempts to represent the human as something besides demographic fragment, as a commodity.