Vinnie Jones is the latest person to be immortalised by the Bingley-based artist Marcus Levine. His newest portrait, titled Hard as Nails, was recently unveiled at a prestigious fundraising dinner in support of the Cervical Cancer Trust and will be exclusively exhibited at a game fair at Harewood House from 31st July - August 2nd.
Levine graduated from art college, where he worked with fellow artist Damien Hirst, before becoming a graphic designer in the television industry. He went on to become a professional artist and has created a nail portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip, which used of 14,000 individual stainless steel nails.
Other work by Levine includes 3D sculptures, such as his famous recreation of the most expensive handbag in the world - his version feature Swarovski crystals glued tightly to the heads of stainless steel nails.
"I'd wanted to do a portrait of Vinnie Jones for ages,” explains Levine, “The title was such a good pun, I thought it would be a great thing to do”. The artist has already begun work on his next piece - a portrait of Al Pacino - and plans for Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to be his next sitter.
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