DAVID P. LEVINE (1910-2005)



Oil monotype on mulberry paper 1940
6 1/2 x 9 3/4 in (16.51 x 24.76 cm)

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"David Levine attended the University of Southern California and then Art Center School of Design graduating in1936. His paintings were exhibited, bringing awards. A brief stay in New York proved inspirational for him. He absorbed the art scene, the industrial and the cosmopolitan atmospheres before his return to Los Angeles in 1937.

Levine witnessed the social unrest and depression of the thirties and his early work mirrored the conditions in New York, Los Angeles and Mexico. In 1940-1941 Levine lived and worked in Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, refining his technique, exploring other media and talking 'art' with colleagues. He painted the working class locals, documenting the reality of their day-to-day. Somber, yet hopeful, his narrative is sensitive and compassionate.

Upon his return to Los Angeles in 1941, the 'war effort' employed him in the aircraft industry as a technical artist. Post war realities dictated a business career with art as an afterhours pleasure. During his retirement years, his dynamic creativity extended to watercolors, drawings, intaglios as well as painting and assemblage."