David Levine is well known for his photographs of international superstars such as Annie Lennox, Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop. He is also known for his record sleeve shots, music industry magazines and his work in fashion and beauty.
David's impressive images have been exhibited globally, including galleries in the UK and Tokyo as well as having some of his work in a permanent collection at The National Portrait Gallery, London.
We are pleased to welcome David to the gallery as part of the Dada+8 exhibition between 11th-24th December. In this blog post, we get to know the man behind the camera a little better...
What is the role of the artist in society?
I think the artists and their art are embedded in society regardless of what I or anyone thinks that means. Everything we like or dislike is influenced by or influences art. It's all around us. Busy lives mean not everyone sees what they look at, and who has time to consider its artistic value. Bringing it in to a gallery serves to help people see and maybe understand it.
How has your art evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?
I have no idea! I do what I do because that's what I want to do...If someone likes it then great and if they don't that's fine too. I will continue to do what I do regardless, I have never aimed to please anyone ever.
What's your favourite piece of work you've done and why?
I haven't done it yet. I could give you a list of work I hate more than other pieces more easily!
What are your tips for aspiring artists?
Take no notice of what anyone says. Just do what flows and that will be your art.
What does art mean to you?
Nothing and everything. I love to hate some artworks, wished I'd made others and always feel I could have done better.
In your opinion, what makes a memorable piece of art?
If I like it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I use my eyes to look at everything that passes in front of them.
What artists have inspired you?
How do you know when a piece of work is completed?
I never do. I just stop when I see something shiny...
What do you hope the viewers will take away from your artwork?
An emotional response even if it's hatred.