Nail Art by Marcus Levine
The sculptural works of british artist Marcus Levine enact a physical pointillism, each composed of thousands of nails hammered into wood panels. All works are completed freehand without any sketches or tracing onto the boards.
the pieces on average use about 15,000 nails each, but some involve over 50,000.
levine originally began with abstract works, but became interested in ‘the interplay between the rigid, angular nails and the soft curves of the human torso’. a recent return to non-representational pieces has allowed him to use larger, clout nails instead of 20mm cabinet nails, adding depth to the sculptures.
” Many people ask me how long a typical nail painting takes me, so to answer that question; I take around three weeks from start to finish, bigger pieces take a bit longer, But if I was working on them full time I could do them a lot quicker. It takes around 3,500 nails per picture and I regularly cut myself and occasionally hit my finger with the hammer. So I do suffer for my art. Although I have made every effort to show my nail art at its photographic best on this website. You can only appreciate them fully when you stand in front of one and only then can you see how light plays such a big part of these painting, as the light shifts so do the shadows of the nails changing the contrast of each image making them darker lighter, and even sharper or softer.” – Marcus Levine