This landscape depicts a blue sky, green grass and two yellow trees covered in mysterious dark grey dots. The scene is surrounded by concentric borders, one red and one brown.
The artist’s longstanding practice has undergone numerous evolutions, including the mysterious addition of black, circular shapes that perforate his surfaces. These circles had initially formed along walls of LeVell’s architectural drawings, resembling windows. But this enigmatic visual motif later came to dominate entire compositions, pushing them toward total abstraction.
Michael LeVell’s art offers an intuitive spatial awareness that gives the viewer a glimpse into an abstract articulation of the world around us. LeVell has been prolifically generating works via his distinct visual vernacular at Tierra del Sol, a foundation that champions the inclusion and independence of all people with disabilities, for more than 30 years. While legally considered blind, LeVell uses imagery from Architectural Digest magazine to inform his velvety, tactile drawings of landscapes and architectural structures in layers of saturated colored pencil or acrylic paint.
Michael LeVell is one of eight founding artists to launch the studio art program in Tierra del Sol, a foundation that champions the inclusion and independence of all people with disabilities. While legally considered blind, LeVell is a connoisseur of Architectural Digest, using the magazine’s stunning imagery to inform his artworks. In addition to his intricate ceramics, LeVell is known for his velvety, tactile drawings of landscapes and architectural structures in layers of saturated colored pencil or acrylic paint.
Michael LeVell was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1964, where he resides and works as a studio artist at the progressive art studios of the Tierra del Sol Foundation.
LeVell has mounted solo exhibits at the Tierra del Sol Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2020), and via White Columns Gallery, New York, NY, presented at the CONDO Art Fair, New York, NY (2018). He has exhibited his work extensively in exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami.
He’s been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Architectural Digest and New York Magazine, gaining critical acclaim from Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz.