Meet Ben Levy, contemporary North London-based street-art-influenced portrait artist. His latest exhibition, ‘FASHIONABLE DISASTER’ was a popular satire on the morbid tendency of the press, and ran the gamut through politics, race, depression and sex, with comic scenarios featuring celebrities – Tony Blair dressed as Captain America, and the Kray brothers dressed as Batman and Robin. The images themselves are built from a mixture of collage and skilled drawing, with bursts of colour and dripping paint that look like graffiti.
Modern with a street art twist
He began his trajectory towards gallery representation when he produced a run of t-shirts under the Knucklehead brand with another London based artist in 2007. Later he was chosen among twenty London based artists to produce a collection for Maison Twenty, and it wasn’t long before he was scouted at the Other Art Fair in November 2011. He has exhibited at the Strand Gallery, the Nowhere North Gallery, the Wellington in Knightsbridge, and Ligne Rose on Mortimer Street.