Artists / Designers » George Levantis

Born in the UK of Greek parentage, George Levantis lives and works in London. After studying at the Slade School of Fine Art, George took up a residency with Ocean Fleets of Liverpool, a position that took him to Japan, Africa and South East Asia. The work resulting from that experience, documented in a book entitled Pieces of Sea Fall through the Stars, includes constructions made from materials acquired in the ports George visited on his travels. Similar themes resurface in George’s recent work, which features narratives related to sea, salt, wind and birds. Leda and the Swan, reproduced in Twofold (Festival O/Modernt, 2015), is a series of works on paper that demonstrate George’s capacity to respond to classical narrative in an evocative, abstract manner that is highly charged with pictorial tension. Also taking inspiration from Greek myth is the Daedalus sequence, devoted to the brilliant artificer who was imprisoned by King Minos to prevent him giving away the secret of the Cretan labyrinth.