Marcus Levine, sculptor in the human physique, introduces an entirely unique approach to sculpture. At times using over 200,000 nails. This highly skilled and multifaceted artist meticulously translates his ideas onto large white wooden panels by hammering nails at varying heights and distances, creating the tone and texture. All pieces are done free hand without any tracing on to the board.
Abstract in theory, yet figurative in reality, the majority of Levineʼs ʻnail sculpturesʼ are extraordinary representations of the human form. Aware of his unusual choice in material to express the human body, Levine explains that after some time using nails to create other, more abstract sculptures, it struck him “the interplay between the rigid, angular nails and the soft curves of the human torso, would be more striking.” Levineʼs ability to capture the curvilinear nature of the human body with such sharp and inflexible objects is intensely represented. He creates figures which are beautifully muscular yet wonderfully delicate, and it is clear that the artist has an innate grasp of the human shape.
In a very clear move to encompass his love of non representational ideas, Levine’s latest work is in stark contrast to his figurative sculptures. His large monumental work embraces the sense of touch and the abstract and a sensitive use of the materials which he utilises, such as Oak, COR-TEN, stainless steel, and stone. Marcus now has a following of visually impaired lovers of art and sculpture.
Light also plays an integral role in Levineʼs work, as “from morning sun to evening sun the shadows across the sculptures can appear as light as a pencil sketch or as dark as a charcoal.
He is know all over the world as the father of figurative nail sculpture, inspiring many artists around the world to copy his art form.
But it is hard to categorise this artist/sculptor. His interests are not so much in a particular gender but more in the materials and technique. He is both serious and fun loving, both abstract and figurative.
His work moves from geometric abstract to non representational abstract. From Pop Art sculpture to figurative sculpture, but an underling theme is always nails. There are always exceptions to any rule and Levine generally does not following any of the rules so you will also discover that he still paints and occasional produces a sculpture made from fifty pound notes, wire wool or whisky bottles.
His love of art, has taken him into a growing collection of art & sculpture from around the world.