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About

Francene Levinson

Born in Brooklyn, NY

Lives & works in Portland, Oregon


I am an artist who creates digital abstract  minimalist paintings. The format is manipulated original digital painting based on a magnetic algorithm. Pixels themselves are pushed, pulled, and stretched to emphasize the dynamics of line and the volume of form. Digital painting programs are unique because they use algorithms to control light, color and texture in digital form.  This new medium art requires mastery of all the program parameters in addition to knowledge of the elements and principles of fine art.

When considering colors to use in my compositions, their intensity, value and hue have a weighted effect on my conceptual arrangement of them. The shapes and lines I use to create my art are most often selected from the basic geometric array and are treated with repetition, distortion, direction and transparency. I draw inspiration from dynamic forces found in nature and the human experience. I seek to reveal the beautiful simplified essence of natural forms. My experience as a sculptor has influenced my desire to paint volumes within my compositions.

My educational background includes: BA fine art and MA art education 1966 and 1969, Brooklyn College, NY; My artist/instructors: Ad Rheinehart and Philip Pearlstein were a great source of my knowledge of color,form and composition. 

My  art career includes: art education instruction; stone sculpturing; and Chinese modular paper sculpturing.

 I find the common patterns and structures in nature, architecture, and mathematics to be a strong influence on all my artwork.

Digital painting allows me to express unique artistic visions that I would not be able to render in any other medium.

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Education

1993 - ED.S/sld - Nova Univ.

1986-89 - Montoya Art Studio, West Palm Beach, Florida – stone sculpturing

1969 - MA Fine Art/Education, C.U.N.Y.

1966 - Fine Art/Education C.U.N.Y. 

 

 

 

 

Selected Awards 

2019 - International Artdex Award

2013 - Judges Recognition, Delray Center for the Arts, 3 D Sculpture

 

2012 - Best In Show + People’s Choice, Rossetti Fine Art Gallery, Pompano Beach, FL, 

 

2012 - Art Craft Award - Nathan Rosen Gallery and Museum, Boca Raton, FL, March  

 

2011- Best in Show , Delray Beach, FL- "Art on the Ave." 

 

2010 - First Place – Boca Raton Museum of Art, Biennial, Boca Raton, FL

 

2009 -- Featured Artist Award - ManhattanArts.com

 

Grant

2010 - Mastermind Art Grant, South Florida

 

Selected Exhibitions 

2019 

Rental Sales Gallery, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon 

Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon  

Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

2018

Rental Sales Gallery, Portland Art Museum ,Portland, OR. 

Rental Sales Gallery, Portland Museum of Art

Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon ,

 

2017

Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon  

Gallery 114, Portland, Oregon

Geezer Gallery, Portland, Oregon 

 

2016

Hillsboro Library Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon

2015

Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

 

2013  

Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, FL, Juried Exhibit, Nexus: Science + Art, 2010,2011,2012,2013

 

2012 

Paseo Originals Gallery, Oklahoma City,OK, Two Person Show

 

Fuller Craft Museum. Brockton,MA.

City Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI., 

 

Rossetti Fine Art Gallery, Pompano Beach, FL, 

 

B J Spoke Gallery, Huntington, N.Y., "Paper Works," Juror:Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art

 

Second Ave. Gallery, Florida Atlantic University,Ft. Lauderdale, FL

 

Nathan Rosen Gallery and Museum, Boca Raton, FL 

 

Rossetti Fine Art, Pompano Beach, FL

 

Highland Beach Library Gallery, Highland Beach, FL, "

 

Armory Art Center,West Palm Beach, Fl,
 

Publications

Woven Tale Press. Vol. VII #2

* Salaan Magazine, vol.2

* AllthingsPaper.net Blog by Ann Martin article: Francene Levinson 2014

 

*Contemporary paper Sculptures

  "500 Paper Objects" by Lark Crafts,Sterling Publishers, 2013

 

"Art and Beyond", pg 37, "Ocean Garden" Paper Sculpture by Francene Levinson

2013

 

* "Art Takes Miami",Juried Competition, Catalog Published for presentation at Scopes, Miami, 2011 

 

* "Visual Masters Magazine", London, England Feb. 2011

 

* "Best of World Wide Sculptors", Spring, Kennedy Publishing - 5251-18 JOHN TYLER HIGHWAY #311, WILLIAMSBURG, VA 23185

 

* Hongkiat.com: Masters of Paper Art and Paper Sculptures, Part II 2011

 

* "Visual Overture Magazine", Artist of the Week, July 4, 2011

 

* American Juried Art Society(AJAS) Quarterly, July2011