The Dalai Lama by Chris Levine

It’s not just HM the Queen who has celebrated a big birthday in the last 12 months. In July 2015, His Holiness the Dalai Lama turned 80, and to commemorate the occasion he sat for artist Chris Levine, who created one of his signature 3D light portraits. Levine has gained a kind of cult renown in the last few years (remember the moving portrait of the Queen with her eyes closed? That was him) and he will soon follow in His Holiness’s footsteps when he debuts new work at Glastonbury later this month. Eerily calm and yet oddly stirring, his portrait goes on display in a meditation room in The Fine Art Society’s five-storey mansion on New Bond Street as part of an exhibition celebrating 140 years of the gallery, with sales from the six limited-edition formats going to support those affected by the recent earthquake in Nepal. Drop in and take a breath; after all, it was His Holiness who once said, “If every eight-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.”

Chris Levine, Compassion (June 6-July 7), The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London, W1S 2JT (020 7629 5116); @chrislevine_artist; @thefineartsociety

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