Phillip Levine

Phillip Levine (American) 1931 – 2021
Bronze Bust of John Muir, a maquette of the sculpture photographed below.

Bust of John Muir, a maquette of the sculpture in the photograph below.

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Levine was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He entered the University of Colorado as a pre-med student and graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1961. He was honored with a Washington State Governor’s Arts and Heritage Award in 1997. He has more than 30 sculptures in public places in Western Washington, half a dozen more in Eastern Washington, with others across the U.S.
Copyright, 2019, Washington State Arts Commission

Northwest artist Phillip Levine (1931-2021) created bronze figurative sculptures for public and private spaces. His sculptures are realistic but with exaggerated or minimized elements such as long limbs. They often play with the elements of balance and movement. In his own words, “All my life I had heard ‘The figure is dead.’ But I was always drawn to it.”

The well-respected Northwest artist Phillip Levine has created bronze sculptures for over thirty years. In 1997 Governor Gary Lock awarded him the Governor’s Arts Award. Levine’s sculptures, mostly figurative, can be found from Washington to New York.  In western Washington alone, he has about 30 sculptures that stand in public places, including “Dancer with Flat Hat” at the University of Washington, and “Walking with Logs” facing the West Seattle freeway. Although known primarily for his sculptures he also enjoys working in oils. – Credit Matzke Fine Art and Design, Camano Is, Wa.

Full biographical essay at

Statue of Muir in John Muir Memorial Park, Martinez, California Sculpted by Phillip Levine. This statue was dedicated in 1990. A near-by plaque reads: “John Muir, 1838-1914. ‘I care to live only to entice people to look at nature’s loveliness’. A gift to the community of Martinez from Shell Oil Company to commemorate its 75 years in Martinez. December 6, 1990.” Photograph by Harold Wood, October 14, 2000.

Also by this artist:

Aged Prophet -, Bronze


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