Lorena Levi: Jackson’s Portray Prize 2023 Professional 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 few 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 identify is Lorena Levi, I’m a story portraiture artist primarily based in London. My work switches between portraits of individuals in my private life their inside worlds and relationships, and analysis tasks the place I exploit the web to gather details about strangers in unorthodox strategies (chat room websites, psychoanalytical papers, journey advisor evaluations), once more focused on 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 have 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 significantly impactful for me. They’re arresting work the place the viewer can have a window into the topic’s character 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 transferring. Her methodology of displaying her interior world via 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 vital do you assume awards and competitions are for artists immediately?

Lorena: I might all the time advocate newer artists to use to competitions and prizes. It’s a very wonderful method to get your work seen by individuals 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’s going to you be searching for within the entries submitted to the competitors this yr?

Lorena: As cliché as it’s I’ll be searching for 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 individuals 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 interested by coming into Jackson’s Portray Prize this yr?

Lorena: Don’t overthink what it is best to 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 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



Clare McNamara

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