Intricately executed and sometimes disturbing, Linsey Levendall’s work is driven by a need to be in sync with his subconscious thoughts and dreams. He defines his work as ‘mildly trippy.’ His mash-up of influences ranges from the art historical to the contemporary, including the Surrealist artist Salvador Dali, animation, graphic novels and Cubism. Endearingly grotesque, his shape-shifting figures morph into objects within objects that make up infinite microcosms within the works. Treading the fine line between beauty and distortion, Levendall’s work is influenced by his milieu, in particular growing up in Cape Town’s Cape Flats. His work reflects the twisted beauty of a place filled with nature and wildlife, but corrupted by violence and suffering. A “morbid beauty” described by his “attraction to dysfunction, and the beauty within that.” Levendall believes in creating social change through art and tries to be involved in projects that endorse positive forward thinking. He works closely with The Black Heart Gang and Shy The Sun as a conceptual designer on groundbreaking animation for both the local and international market and makes up one half of the duo Bison.
Selected Exhibitions: 2017 – Fathoms, a two-man exhibition with Paul Senyol, Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2016 – Oracle, an end-of-year group exhibition, Salon91; Turbine Art Fair with Salon91; Cape Town Art Fair with Salon91. 2014 – Suggestivism: Chronology, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica; Hidden Kingdoms, The Dream Factory Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany; 2013 – Neu Folk Revival, LeQuiVive Gallery, Oakland; Tragic Heroes, The Lab, California; Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition at the Cape Town Civic Centre; The Path Less Deconstructed, M. Contemporary, Sydney; 2012 – CORE, Museum Gallery, Cape Town; RADAR, group exhibition at Salon91; If you let yourself love a wild thing, group exhibition at Salon91.