Philip Alan Levine

July 1, 2013 

Philip Alan Levine

Philip Alan Levine of Raleigh, North Carolina died on June 26, 2013, from the autoimmune disease systemic sclerosis. Philip was born on October 10, 1942, in New Castle County, Delaware, to Betty and Philip Levine. He shared his October 10th birthday with his father. The family relocated to New York, and Philip, known as Alan to his family and childhood friends, spent his childhood first in Coney Island and then Bayside, New York. As a teenager he developed a keen interest in the visual arts, and began a lifelong commitment to furthering his passion for interpreting the world around him on canvas. While enrolled in school he initially took art classes from a local artist. After graduating from Bayside High School in Queens, New York, he continued to pursue his interest in art, and in particular painting. As a young adult he attended the School of Visual Arts (1969-1975) and the Art Students League in Manhattan New York. He studied and honed his skills with the guidance of some of the most renowned artists of the 20th century, a list that included Francis Criss, Peter Blume, Robert Shaw, Harvey Dinnerstein, Eugene Karlin, and Rapheal Soyer. While at the School of Visual Arts, he built a close working relationship with renowned painter Francis Criss, who became his closest mentor. In the early 1970s he refined his sketching, collage, and painting, and developed a unique sense of design that was reflected in his artwork throughout his career. During this time Alan also developed a close personal relationship with fellow students Arthur Robinson and Sergio Lora, distinguished artists who remained lifelong friends. Much of his work reflects the work of the German expressionist period of the 1920s. His paintings are especially visually remarkable because he was red-green color-blind. Early in his career his work was exhibited in group and single artist shows and galleries, and many works were sold for private collections and for a New York museum. To sustain his passion for painting and day-to-day livelihood, he worked within the wine and retail food industry. In the late 1980s he moved to Raleigh to be with his family. Throughout his life he gave much of himself, always ready to lend a hand, share with the disadvantaged, donate works of art to local charities, and treat everyone he met with dignity and compassion. His friends in NC also had the opportunity to share his love of dancing and singing. Since moving to Raleigh his work has been exhibited at Peace College, The Longview Gallery, and during the past 10 years with The Mahler Fine Art and The Collectors Galleries in Raleigh, NC. He remained true to his passion for art and continued to sketch and paint until 2012. His recent work is still available for viewing in The Mahler Gallery on Fayetteville St. and The Hub on Hillsborough St.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of Wake County, http://www. hospiceofwake.org/ or to the Scleroderma Foundation, www.scleroderma.org/

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