Ben Uri collection

Work by Ben Levene

Painter and teacher Ben Levene was born in London. His 'prodigious' artistic talents were spotted by the artist Carel Weight when Levene was still a schoolboy. From a modest background, he won a scholarship to the Slade School of Fine Art (1956-61), where he studied under William Coldstream. He was awarded the University of London postgraduateship in 1960-61 and then a Boise scholarship in 1961-62, which enbabled him to live and work in Spain, accompanied by his first wife, Jane Fogarty, and their daughter Rachel. He exhibited from 1959 onwards at Helen Lessore's Beaux Arts Gallery, the Royal Academy, the London Group and abroad. In 1969 he shared an exhibition with Olwyn Bowey at the New Grafton Galley and had four one-man shows at the Thackeray Gallery between 1973 and 1981 and three exhibitions at Browse & Darby in 1988, 1993 and 2001. He taught part-time at Camberwell (1963-89), was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1975 and a royal academician in 1986. He served as curator of the Royal Academy schools between 1995 and 1998. His paintings are characteristically rich in colour and embrace both landscape and still life.

5 work/s by this artist from the collection are shown below. For a more detailed record and image please click on the link.

Still Life (II)

Object type painting

Accession number 1987-211

Still Life (I)

Object type painting

Accession number 1988-31

Rooftops over Camberwell

Object type painting

Accession number 2009-18

Landscape, Spain

Object type painting

Accession number 2009-19

View through a Window

Object type painting

Accession number 2009-20