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'Yellow Light', one of a series of works begun in 2003 exploring interior spaces, exemplifies Levy’s typically unpeopled domestic spaces, which are emblematic of the wider émigré experience. The lead-white, Naples-yellow and vermillion palette, predominantly reserved for representations of the human body, highlights the lack of a human presence and evokes nostalgia for ‘home’. Born in Jerusalem in 1954 to first-generation émigré Syrian-Jewish parents, Levy, who now lives in Paris, describes himself as ‘more Jewish than… Israeli'.
tempera & oil on paper
H 68.5 x W 99 cm
acquired with the generous support of the National Art Collections Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the artist, the Crane Kalman Gallery and other philanthropic supporters of Ben Uri and its collection