Lorena Levi: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Knowledgeable Choose 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


May 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 taking a look at 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 opinions), once more excited by 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 most likely 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 via their manner and gaze.

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


Lorena Levi

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


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

Lorena: I’d all the time suggest newer artists to use to competitions and prizes. It’s a extremely glorious method to get your work seen by folks you’d discover tougher to entry in any other case. After I determined to do artwork full time I put a lot consideration and time into making use of for competitions and exhibitions. I received 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 business.


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


What is going to you be on the lookout for within the entries submitted to the competitors this yr?

Lorena: As cliché as it’s I’ll be on the lookout for one thing I haven’t actually seen earlier than. Work that makes me wish to see what different work the artist has executed and the way their model will proceed in future work. I’d actually wish to see artists work have an intimacy between portray and viewer but in addition 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 have got any recommendation for artists on the market interested by 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’re keen on and what work you felt obsessed with when creating. Submit work that’s intrinsically you and your model.

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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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