Linearity of shapes and a personal interpretation of material are the features of Arik Levy's ceramics for Bitossi Ceramiche; a sharp contrast between texture and colour is characteristic for his "Tribe Fire" collection.
The study for proportions is exasperated and exalted by the colour in contrast with raw finishes that underline the refinement of the workings. This collection expresses the material at its best and recalls both archetypal shapes and contemporary graffiti.
"Creation is an uncontrolled muscle" according to Arik Levy (born 1963).
Artist, technician, photographer, designer, filmmaker, Levy's skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Best known publicly for his sculptures - such as his signature Rock pieces -, his installations, limited editions and design, Levy nevertheless feels "The world is about people, not objects."
Hailing originally from Israel and moving to Europe after his first participation in a group sculpture exhibition in Tel-Aviv in 1988, Levy currently works in his studio in Paris.
His formation was unconventional where surfing, as well as his art and graphic design studio, took up much of his time back home. Following studies at the Art Center Europe in Switzerland he gained a distinction in Industrial Design in 1991.
After a stint in Japan where he consolidated his ideas producing products and pieces for exhibitions, Levy returned to Europe where he contributed his artistry to another field - contemporary dance and opera by way of set design.
The creation of his firm then meant a foray back to his first love, art and industrial design, as well as other branches of his talents. Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levy also creates hi-tech clothing lines and accessories for firms in the Far East.
Considering himself now more of a "feeling" artist, Arik Levy continues to contribute substantially to our interior and exterior milieu, his work including public sculpture, as well as complete environments that can be adapted for multi use. "Life is a system of signs and symbols," he says, "where nothing is quite as it seems."
The identity of Bitossi Ceramiche starts from the beginning of 1900’s and develops upon a productive ceramic tradition that existed in Montelupo Fiorentino starting from 1500.
The activity of the Bitossi family started in 1921 for the will of Guido Bitossi with the establishment of "Manifattura Ceramica Cav. Guido Bitossi & Figli" that combined typical local craft works into a structured productive organisation. The production continues also with the collaboration of leading figures who were able to introduce an innovative cultural artistic sensibility. This attitude in connection with the entrepreneurial skills developed throughout the years with a constant research for the quality of finished products, contributed to create an identity for Bitossi Ceramiche as an example of Italian excellence.
More than 7000 original pieces starting from the 50’s, were collected and filed in the "Bitossi Industrial Archive"; 200 selected pieces among those can be seen at MAIB - Artistic Industrial Bitossi Museum, which was built by the company to showcase its historical path.
Bitossi Ceramiche is still run by the same family and thanks to the historical and cultural heritage that was recovered in these last years, it keeps alive its original craft roots, combined with a constant innovation. A never ending formal research and the skilled hands of ceramicist masters led to the development of the creations of Aldo Londi who was Art Director at Bitossi Ceramiche for more than 40 years, followed by several influential designers, always focusing on style evolution. Bitossi Ceramiche: great artistic ceramic tradition and contemporary design.
Ceramic vase with dark exterior in anthracite grey and interior in vermilion red