Artist Caryl M. Christian Levy
Studio Fine Arts and New Monotype Artwear
A decade of working in Chinatown Los Angeles was instrumental in building my monotype and painting body of work. These works are soon to come out in a new self-published book titled “The Chinatown Years of CMC Fine Arts. As my lease came up on February 1, 2020, I decided to relocate my studio equipment and warehousing to my remodeled mountain studio in Twin Peaks, California. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to relocate my Vestment Series dresses, Gallery sales of Paintings and Monotypes.
In my Los Angeles Chinatown studio I am pursuing a body of work that focuses on the representation of the figure using monotype collage with tissue pattern pieces. This studio also houses my commissioned large format abstract paintings for hospitality patrons.
I use many different painting and printmaking mediums, sometimes together in mixed media collage or chine colle. My large format prints done in Murano and Florence, Italy are a signature of my Vestment Series "Icons".
The presentation of the figure in painting and printmaking provides my studio work with endless inspiration. My grandmothers' continue to drive my body of work to honor our foremothers and their gifts to our generation.
Early in my artistic influences were my mother, my grandmothers and great -grandmother. They were artists, tatters, sewers, crocheters, knitters and taught me to create with an eye to originality and quality of material. Many times in my new works you will see impressions of their remnants or finished laceworks.
My “Dear Grace and Women of WWI” Show opened November 14, 2019 in Los Angeles FIne Arts Building and continued with Celebration, a collaborative exhibition of Marie Christian, her daughters Caryl Levy and Linda Sigler together with her granddaughter, Kelsey Nosal.
My exhibition schedule of monotypes is over a decade long in this medium and includes solo and group shows in Los Angeles, Glendale, Singapore, New Orleans, Dallas, Merced, China, Jerusalem and Florence.
Continuing the very successful Dear Grace exhibition last November 2019 at the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles, we are looking to build a traveling monotype exhibition of Dear Grace that will reach new audiences in War Museums in America and Europe. Updates on this programming will appear during next November 2020 Veterans Day Celebrations.
Arrezo, Italy's contemporary art gallery, Villicana D'Annibale, Inc. will host a monotype exhibition of the Four Graces -Los Angeles artists Ruth Weisberg, Caryl Christian Levy, Susan Gezundheit and Jan Handtman - May 9-22, 2018.
Large Format printing for me was a unique experience to create an entire body of work not only rooted in a place and cultural heritage but also in the very fundamental of lace making that underlies my monotype textures.
Reent exhibitions of my Vestment Series Icons and special showings of my mothers artworks has highlighted the many influences upon my career in studio arts. The Fine Arts Gallery in the Downtown Los Angeles Fine Arts Building was a unique opportunity to showcase Marie J. Christian, my mother's work together with my new works in 2015.
My new line of original monotype limited edition silk dresses launched this Winter 2020 in my Chinatown LA studio. This Spring 2020 will see the Vestment Dress launch on the CMC Fine Arts website as well as Etsy, Amazon and LinkedIn.
Sonic Wall, a 360' long X 30" high choreographed light performance on my fiberglass bas relief wall was one of my latest collaborations with my husband, John Levy and JLLP. Inc (John Levy Lighting Productions.)