Last art show for a while?

IMMENSITIES Solo Art Show: Art Base, 29 rue des Sables Zandstraat, 1000 Bruxelles

My mind boggles seeing the culmination of my lifetime painting right here in hard print in one of Europe’s top national newspapers.

I’m trying to be happy and not to worry about the changing nature of arts and culture events during these strange times and the thought this might be my last art show if things change even more.

It’s been a real struggle to get this art show through the pandemic and available to culture lovers.

My next scheduled one was postponed again and the one after that postponed indefinitely…

So tonight might be my first event in a while and my last one for a long, long while.

I’m just letting tonight be what it’s going to be and I hope to see you there!

IMMENSITIES Solo Art Show: Art Base, 29 rue des Sables Zandstraat, 1000 Bruxelles

Another published article about my art! (“Art”-icle?)

I hope I’m countering the negativity that’s always in the news by being in the press with positive paintings that people find uplifting.

https://left.gr/news/tamar-levi-niotho-san-presveira-tehnis-tis-elladas?fbclid=IwAR0FRRGGYt7YQDD0WbS_EWqxALCbeFpRHl4ONYh2pAnthAuND2FFnq0iRLg

Translation to English:

I Feel Like an Art Ambassador to Greece

Greece inspires my art.

Tropical beaches in Europe. Guaranteed good weather. Mountains, special architecture and sea. Greece is so beautiful.

My art inspires people to visit it.

I hosted a collector of works of art from Northern Europe at a private presentation of my exhibition, and while they were planning to buy a painting from Belgium, they ended up buying a painting from Greece! They then told me that the location I had painted – Naxos Island in particular – has become their first priority for their next vacation. This makes me proud of the beauty of my “adopted” country. It makes me feel like an art ambassador for Greece.

Previewing art on walls
Tamar Levi’s painting of Naxos Island, imagined from beyond the Temple of Aphrodite, Greece, 2020, IMMENSITIES Collection

In addition to beauty

The paintings are not intended to be just aesthetically pleasing, there is still underlying philosophy, mythology, the cultural context.

My painting of Cape Tainaro changes, you might reflect on it more peacefully, when you know it is the mythological gateway to the underworld.

Cape Tenaro, Cape Matapan, Mani, Greece
Tamar Levi’s Painting of Cape Tenaro, Cape Tainaro, Cape Matapan, Mani, Greece, 2020, IMMENSITIES Collection

The Temple of Sounion of Poseidon seems more impressively ancient when you feel young compared to the age of the architecture.

Temple at Sounio
Tamar Levi’s Painting of the Temple of Poseidon at Sounio, Greece, 2020, IMMENSITIES Collection

The view of Meteora is a unique mix of cultural heritage and ancient geology.

Painting of Meteora, Greece
Tamar Levi’s Painting of Meteora, Greece, 2020, IMMENSITIES Collection

My motivation is that I miss Greece

I named my exhibition IMMENSITIES. This is a collection of great landscapes of Greece and Belgium. Although my life between Greece and Belgium is a “permanent journey,” the boundaries are missing from this collection.

The art collector who came to buy a painting about Belgium, but ended up buying a painting from Greece, taught me that although there is a very personal journey for me here, with the presence of these two countries in my life, and my response, in terms of their beauty, as an aesthetic experience. And yet, even though the collector cannot travel outside the “Red Zone” of Belgium at the moment, they were inspired to visit Naxos. How much I miss Greece was “translated” through art as a source of inspiration into their enthusiasm to visit it.

The collection is presented in an exhibition entitled IMMENSITIES at the Art Base gallery in Brussels from 24 September 2020.

* Tamar Levi is a painter and author of children’s books She grew up in Alaska, lives in Belgium and has “married” into Greece – See more at https://tamarlevi.com/

Artist Tamar Levi in the press promoting Greece through her paintings.

In the Press: Profile in a Major Newspaper

One of the biggest and greatest Greek newspapers, Efimerida Syndakton published an article about me!

https://www.efsyn.gr/tehnes/eikastika/260669_krymmenes-ellinikes-omorfies

Translation to English: An exhibition entitled “IMMENSITIES” at the Art Base Gallery in Brussels opening September 24 by the painter and author of children’s books Tamar Levi.

The exhibition “IMMENSITIES” is a collection of great landscapes of Greece and Belgium and, as the author states, “Although my life between Greece and Belgium is a” permanent journey,” there are no boundaries in this collection.”

According to her, “What I want to share with the world is that Greece is beautiful and this does not only concern its most famous sights (Santorini, Acropolis, etc).”

Tamar Levi has painted several popular destinations, but also many “remote” parts of the mainland and islands and villages in colors that the viewer may not expect, from perspectives she wants the world to explore.

The exhibition includes large paintings, a monoprint but also small sketches in watercolor and acrylic from the painter’s sketchbooks. The monoprint in particular was inspired by a series of sketches she painted during a deeply emotional and moving journey to the Kalavrita Holocaust memorial.

“I feel like an ambassador of Greek art,” she says, as our country inspires her art and her art inspires people to visit Greece and its hidden beauties.

Tamar Levi grew up in Alaska, lives in Belgium and has “married” into Greece. More about her and her work here: https://tamarlevi.com/

I Feel Like an Art Ambassador For Greece

by Tamar Levi

Greece Inspires My Art

Tropical beaches in Europe. Guaranteed good weather. Mountains, architecture and the sea. Greece is so beautiful.

Preview this painting of Santorini Volcano as viewed in a living room
TAMAR LEVI, SANTORINI VOLCANO 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

My Art Inspires People to Visit

I was surprised: a North European art collector came to a private viewing of my solo show intending to buy a painting of Belgium but ended up buying a painting of Greece!

The art collector then told me that the location I had painted has become their top priority for their next holiday. This makes me feel proud of the beauty of my adopted country. This makes me excited for their first journey to the places that inspire me. It also makes me feel like an art ambassador for Greece.

Greece Has Hidden Beauty Too

The thing I want to share with some of this collection as a whole is that Greece is beautiful all over, not just the most famous sights.

Preview of the painting Oxilithos, Evia, Greece, on a gallery wall.
TAMAR LEVI, OXILITHOS, EVIA 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

The smaller gallery works travel far and wide and around hidden corners.

Santorini, Greece Watercolour Painting
TAMAR LEVI, WATERCOLOUR SKETCH OF SANTORINI 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

I have painted some popular destinations, but also lots of hidden parts of the mainland and islands and villages in colours you might not expect, from angles you might want to explore.

Porto Rafti, Attica, Greece
TAMAR LEVI, ABSTRACT ACRYLIC SKETCH OF PORTO RAFTI 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

There are large paintings, one monoprint and even small sketches in watercolour and acrylic from my travel sketchbooks.

Screen Print of Kalavryta, Greece
TAMAR LEVI, MONOPRINT OF VIEW ON THE ROAD FROM KALAVRYTA GREECE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

The monoprint was inspired by a series of watercolour sketches created during a deeply emotional journey to the Kalavryta monument.

Watercolour of Kalavryta, Greece
TAMAR LEVI, WATERCOLOUR SKETCH OF AN OLIVE GROVE ON A HILLTOP, GREECE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

There are even hidden nature landscapes in the city of Athens too!

For example, did you know there’s a very beautiful, peaceful and deserted part of Palio Psychiko in Athens?

Illustration of the quarry behind Palio Psychiko, Athens
TAMAR LEVI, WATERCOLOUR SKETCH OF PALIO PSYCHIKO MOUNTAIN 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

It looks like mountains on the moon, but with secret, delicate wild flowers.

More Than Beauty

The paintings do not aim to be just aesthetically pleasing, there’s a philosophy and mythology and cultural context in them too.

Painting of Vathia in the Peloponnese, Greece
TAMAR LEVI, VATHIA, PELOPONNESE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

I try to paint with longing and wonder. Ancient Greek Philosophy might say there’s an Aristotelian catharsis intentionally expressed through longing to return to these landscapes. Modern philosophers might say there’s an exploration of Kant’s concept of the sense of wonder for the sublime in nature.

Preview this painting of Cape Tenaron in Greece as viewed in your home.
TAMAR LEVI, TEMPLE AT CAPE TENARON, GREECE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

My painting of the Temple at Cape Tenaron grows deeper and calmer when you know it’s the mythological gateway to the underworld.

Temple at Sounio
TAMAR LEVI, TEMPLE AT SOUNIO, GREECE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

The Temple of Sounio appears more childlike when you feel young compared to the age of the stones.

Preview this painting of Meteora in Greece as viewed in your home.
TAMAR LEVI, METEORA, GREECE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

The view of Meteora is a globally unique mixture of cultural heritage and Paleogenic rock formations. Can you see the spectacular wild vegetation that houses comparatively miniature monasteries there too?

Painting of Meteora, Greece
TAMAR LEVI, METEORA, GREECE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

Me Missing Greece Becomes A Positive Gateway

My current solo show is called IMMENSITIES. It’s a collection of large landscapes of Greece and Belgium. Although living between Greece and Belgium is my current journey, the boundaries are not so present in this collection.

On the Road Through Mani
TAMAR LEVI, ON THE ROAD THROUGH MANI, PELOPONNESE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

The art collector that came for Belgium but ended up buying Greece taught me there is a deeply personal journey of my encounter here, with these two nations’ presence in nature, and my response to their beauty as an aesthetic experience. However, they were both explored in a shared global pandemic and so in each canvas there is the shared need for passing through a gateway, whether it be painted, or over the frame, or beyond the water, and onwards into an expanding space in front of us. Even though the collector cannot travel out of our Red Zone for the moment, they have been inspired to visit.

Huge painting of Naxos Island, Greece
TAMAR LEVI, NAXOS ISLAND GREECE 2020, IMMENSITIES COLLECTION

How much I miss Greece has translated into inspiring her excitement to visit. This movement towards positive change is intentional. I hope that through all these bright colours, you can sense the optimism I’m trying to plaster on our walls. This is my political act: to counter the negativity of the news, the lockdowns, the temporal ruptures, with colourful movement across borderless canvases intended for regular positive uplift of your mood at home. The painting of Greece that will shine in their home will transport their family on holiday every day until they visit.

Then it will be the momento that came before the nostalgia that came after a trip to Greece.

This collection will be exhibited in a solo show titled IMMENSITIES at Art Base gallery from the 24th of September 2020.

Painting on the frame

Painting on the frame to create sculptural depth.

My original idea of painting on the frame aims to draw the viewer into the scene, in a sculptural way.

Painting of The Parc du Cinquantenaire or Jubelpark, Summer, Belgium

This provides the art collector with immediacy for hanging.

Preview this painting of Meteora in Greece as viewed in your home.

The bespoke frames provide deep dimensionality.

Painting of Meteora, Greece

This allows the viewer to step into a scene. Another window for their home.

Most of these works are painted through the canvas and over the frame. I felt bad that art collectors often buy a work and then have to take it for framing.

If I can provide them with a ready-to-hang piece of art, I save them that extra time and expense.

Preview the dimensions of this painting of Tervuren in Autumn in Belgium on gallery walls.

To prepare for this collection I hunted for the biggest and most beautiful antique frames from markets and auction houses in Athens, Greece and Brussels, Belgium. Then I affixed and painted both canvases and frame simultaneously.

Huge landscape painting of Tervuren in the Autumn in Belgium.
 

I have not perfected the method but so far I’m told it’s both helpful and delightful. What more can I offer?

This collection will be exhibited in a solo show titled IMMENSITIES at Art Base gallery from the 24th of September 2020.