Lorena Levi: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Knowledgeable Decide Interview

Lorena Levi, winner of Jackson’s Portray Prize 2022 joins the judging panel for this years competitors. Right here, the oil painter shares her recommendation for different artists submitting their work and shares a number of the artworks that encourage her personal artwork follow.

Above picture: Rising pines, 2022, Lorena Levi, Oil on wooden, 75 x 100 cm | 29.5 x 39.3 in


Might you inform us a bit about your self and your work?

Lorena: My title is Lorena Levi, I’m a story portraiture artist based mostly in London. My work switches between portraits of individuals in my private life their inside worlds and relationships, and analysis initiatives the place I take advantage of the web to gather details about strangers in unorthodox strategies (chat room websites, psychoanalytical papers, journey advisor evaluations), once more occupied with their psychology.


Lorena Levi

Sisters, 2019
Lorena Levi
Oil on MDF, 90 x 100 cm | 35.4 x 39.3 in


What have been your exhibition highlights of 2022? Who’re the artists or artworks you had been most impressed by this previous yr?

Lorena: A newer one which impacted in all probability each portrait artist together with myself was the Lucian Freud: New Views on the Nationwide Gallery. His earlier work the place he exaggerates the dimensions of the eyes are notably impactful for me. They’re arresting work the place the viewer can have a window into the topic’s persona by means of their manner and gaze.

I noticed the Annette Messager: needs, problems on the Tel Aviv Museum of Artwork and located her act of story telling by means of sculpture actually shifting. Her methodology of displaying her interior world by means of tangible objects felt actually intimate


Lorena Levi

Work mom, dwelling father, 2021
Lorena Levi
Oil on wooden, 40 x 60 cm | 15.7 x 23.6 in


How essential do you assume awards and competitions are for artists in the present day?

Lorena: I might all the time advocate newer artists to use to competitions and prizes. It’s a extremely wonderful option to get your work seen by folks you’d discover harder to entry in any other case. Once I determined to do artwork full time I put a lot consideration and time into making use of for competitions and exhibitions. I acquired numerous rejections however some successes and it’s not solely nice for constructing thicker pores and skin however will get your work seen by these already within the trade.


A sort of household portrait, 2021
Lorena Levi
Oil on MDF, 70 x 50 cm | 27.5 x 19.6 in


What’s going to you be in search of within the entries submitted to the competitors this yr?

Lorena: As cliché as it’s I’ll be in search of one thing I haven’t actually seen earlier than. Work that makes me need to see what different work the artist has completed and the way their type will proceed in future work. I’d actually prefer to see artists work have an intimacy between portray and viewer but additionally one thing that holds a type of universality the place folks can recognise the theme of the portray in their very own life and previous experiences.


Lorena Levi

Twins, 2017
Jordan Casteel
Oil on canvas, 182.88 x 142.24 cm | 72 x 56 in


Do you’ve any recommendation for artists on the market excited about getting into Jackson’s Portray Prize this yr?

Lorena: Don’t overthink what you must put in, don’t take into consideration which portray will win you a prize. Base it completely off what work you like and what work you felt enthusiastic about when creating. Submit work that’s intrinsically you and your type.

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The Household, 1988
Paula Rego
Acrylic on paper on canvas, 213.4 x 213.4 cm | 84.0 x 84.0 in



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