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Nissan Leviathan works in front of his computers’ screens, employing a variety of digital graphics programs as his brushes, his palettes of paints as well as his cameras, with which he creates his artworks. These colorful artworks are usually about Fantastic Reality, as if to follow Valerio Adami’s assertion “Before a painting one must see something other than what one knows already. Associations and significances mingle together beyond the palette.” These Fantastic Realities cannot exist in our real world but only within the artist's own mind, where they are conceived, designed, fashioned, textured, painted and finally photographed. Most of the artist’s creations are staged around uncanny compositions, reflecting inconceivable yet fantastic scenes full of dazzling colors and razor-sharp details.

The artist usually creates his artworks by first producing a short animated footage around the painting's theme, and then choosing one frame which later on is turned to be the final still artwork. The artist, who is involved in the community daily life, finds himself working on issues which are on the national and global agenda. Thus, for example, Lip Service calls for the need to end the Arms Race, Sweet LOVE Blue humbly tries to support the world hunger eradication campaign, Fever Pitch, Homage to Jerry Lee Lewis strives to attract global attention to the Global Warming crisis and Miss Universe supports world gender equality, to mention only a few.

As these lines are written, the artist is working on new creations that are all about the COVID-19 virus that is driving the entire world crazy. It is hoped that by the deadline for the submission, a cure will be found and these new artworks will be completed.

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Opium of the People
‘Opium of the People’, Chromaluxe Aluminum Dye Sublimation, 100 X 150 cm (40 X 60 inches), 2020. "Religion is the opium of the people" is one of the most frequently paraphrased statements of German sociologist and economic theorist Karl Marx. The interpretation of the metaphor in its present context humbly tries to reflect the current state of politics in many western developed societies, and the correlated increasing social polarization. One major inspiration for creating this artwork was George Orwell’s ‘1984’ dystopian novel, which was published in 1949. Some 70 years later, Orwell’s prediction of a Ministry of Truth announcing that ‘war is peace, freedom is slavery and ignorance is strength’ is horrifyingly relevant in today’s political rhetoric, where we are witnessing lies, fake news, trolling and propaganda. Following these lines, the present artwork tries to wake us all up, by demonstrating that ‘natural is artificial’ is an inconceivable lie. Natural red and beautiful poppies are not made of glass, no matter how exquisite and abundant it is. When looking at the field of poppies from a distance, they look completely natural. However, when approaching the field and examining the poppies up-close, the bitter truth is revealed - the poppies are all fake and made of glass. Don’t let fake news and deception prevail, and open your eyes and minds to see, understand and appreciate the real truth in which we live. As a computer graphics artist, I employ a variety of 2D and 3D digital programs as my brushes, palettes of paints as well as my cameras, with which I create my artworks. These are usually colorful and sci-fi effects-intensive, and the final result is stunning and vibrant fine art creations. I usually create my artworks by first producing a short footage around the painting's theme and then choosing one frame, which I later turn to be the final still artwork. My artworks are usually about fantastic reality that cannot be materialized in the real world but only within my mind, where they are conceived, designed, fashioned, textured, painted and finally photographed. For this artwork – Opium of the People - I have chosen to use the Chromaluxe aluminum dye sublimation printing technique. It is lightweight and a visually stunning, vibrant and durable fine art print. The Chromaluxe prints are produced using a technology called sublimation, where unique dyes are infused in a heat press directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, resulting in outstanding print quality. In addition, these Chromaluxe prints are flame, water, scratch and fade resistant. The artwork size is 100 X 150 X 2.4 cm.
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Sweet LOVE Blue
‘Sweet LOVE Blue’, Chromaluxe Aluminum Dye Sublimation, 80 X 120 cm (32 X 48 inches), 2018. In the year 2018 hunger was unfortunately still a life-threatening peril for more than 800 million people the world over, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Thousands of organizations are engaged in the field of hunger relief and the artist has decided to contribute his own humble share to this global effort, by producing innumerable sweets to be provided to all. To this end the artist has gathered and combined his passions for colors and for sweets, passions that are utterly expressed in this Sweet LOVE Blue artwork. Here we see an endless pile of candies, each of which is flawlessly painted in a variety of magical colors. One can notice that the sweets are formed in the shape of four letters - L, O, V and E – so as to express and share the artist love as well. The myriad candies are all glossy and therefore are a source for endless reflections. The ice-blue surface on which the candies are piled up is made of lustrous material which further enhances the reflective look of the scene and creates an unusual stunning result. Please note that the still image is one frame that I have chosen from a 3D footage that I first created. For this artwork - Sweet LOVE Blue - I have chosen to use the Chromaluxe dye sublimation aluminum printing technique. It is lightweight and a visually stunning, vibrant and durable fine art print. The Chromaluxe prints are produced using a technology called sublimation, where unique dyes are infused in a heat press directly into specially coated aluminum sheets, resulting in outstanding print quality. In addition, these Chromaluxe prints are flame, water, scratch and fade resistant. The printed artwork size is 80 x 120 X 2.4 cm.
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Nissan Leviathan
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Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Nissan Leviathan enjoyed a successful life-time career in the Israeli high-tech industry, initially as a marketer, involved in exporting high-end technologies to the world and later as an investor. At the same time, he was completely immersed in contemporary art in general and in pop art in particular, initially as a collector and later on as an artist. The triggering seeds for his passion to pop art are his joy of life as well as his fascination with colors, light and reflections.

An avid Francophile, he spent many of his adult years in France. During his stay in Paris, where two of his four children were born, Nissan Leviathan got acquainted with many artists with whom he socialized and whose works he acquired. Among these are Erró, Monory, Adami, Combas, César, Klasen and Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, to mention a few. During these years, the artist also fell in love with the art of glass blowing. He joined a Parisian glass blowing studio as a trainee and spent time in Seattle to learn this ancient art from Dale Chihuly.

In 1999, Nissan Leviathan returned to Israel with his family where, for the first time in his life, he completely devoted himself to art. For about fifteen years, he was engaged in sculpting monumental outdoor self-glowing sculptures, made of neon and colored plexiglass. In recent years, probably thanks to his background with computers, the artist specialized in a selection of 2D and 3D software programs and evolved into being a productive digital artist.

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