Medium: Tempera and oil on paper
Dimensions: 68.5 x 99 cm
Acquired in May 2012 with the assistance of the Art Fund, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Artist, the Crane Kalman Gallery and anonymous donors
Yellow Light is one of a series of works begun in 2003 exploring interiors, typically unpeopled domestic spaces. As in his earlier series of stainless steel sinks (1976), sewer drains (1998-2004), and common objects (1994), Levy foregrounds a space which more usually forms the background to human experience. The lead-white, Naples-yellow and vermillion palette, predominantly used to depict the human body, here highlights the lack of a human presence, evoking nostalgia for the lost home that is emblematic of the wider émigré experience.
This is the first Levy work to enter a UK museum collection.
Ra’anan Levy was born in Jerusalem in 1954 to first-generation émigré Syrian-Jewish parents. He studied art in Florence, and Arabic and history at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. In 1982, Levy was awarded a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, followed by an artist’s grant from the Fondation de France in 1987. He now lives and works in Paris, where a major retrospective was held at the Musée Maillol in 2007.
Born: 1954 Israel