Brin Levinson + Julie Filipenko @ Haven Gallery

On Saturday, June 30th, Haven Gallery proudly presents two beautifully rendered exhibitions, each steeped in the imaginative visions of its creator. Whether it’s the impish charisma of childhood nostalgia or the brooding ambiance of our animal kingdom amid decay, these two distinct bodies of work impart compelling narratives that linger.

Co-existing through a balance of light and dark that couple one another harmoniously, join Haven Gallery in the celebration of Brin Levinson’s “Night Phase” and Julie Filipenko’s, “Every Lie I Said Was True”.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 30, 2018 | 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: June 30 – August 4, 2018

Haven Gallery

155 Main St.,

The Carriage House Square

Northport, NY 11768


Brin Levinson “Night Phase”

Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present “Night Phase”, a solo exhibition of new paintings from Oregon based artist Brin Levinson. This will be Levinson’s first solo show at the gallery and will feature a collection of ten new oil paintings. Known for his beautifully rendered artworks imbued with environmental presage and an emphasis on the animal kingdom, Levinson juxtaposes wildlife amidst urban decay. Ruins and echoes of humanity ring through abandoned alleyways and cityscapes as the persistence of life and a favorable destiny ring through the remnants of a past world. “Night Phase” also encapsulates an evolution of the artists visual journey as he depicts his sitters close up through direct portraits of their animal magnificence. The auras or souls of Levinson’s portrayed sitters gallantly burst through his paintings via the artists strong chromatic approach through color and light further enhanced by dark backgrounds. The beauty and majesty of each one of these beings shines and echoes both their uniqueness and perseverance towards a confident future.

“At the heart of it, my imagery tells a story of nature reclaiming the world that humans have created…There is a common thread in this series of light coming out of darkness. I always attempt to balance my imagery with a hopeful and inspiring tone. The light and dark contrast represents a deeper version of that…Not only do they represent the victory of nature but also the miraculousness of life.” – Brin Levinson

Cityscapes where nature has begun to reclaim dominance is a recurring theme in Brin Levinson’s collection of paintings. Influenced by the streets of his home town in Portland, Oregon, the artist paints familiar landmarks into his work as the old buildings and water towers are manifested into a source of nostalgic inspiration. Moody atmospheric lighting completes his surreal portraits, forcing one to face a crumbling societal infrastructure in a speculative future.

Having started his creative ventures by painting urban landscapes, Levinson found his imagery to be lacking an element of life and began to add wild animals into the composites. This approach evolved organically over time, as he began to focus his artwork on the perseverance of nature, something he see as an optimistic outcome in the eventuality of this future dystopia he’s imagined. Levinson’s vivid reflections on the fragility of both the environment and our society pushes the surreal scenarios into one’s immediate reality.

Julie Filipenko “Every Lie I Said Was True”

Northport, NY– Haven Gallery is pleased to present “Every Lie I Said Was True”, a solo exhibition of new work by Israel based artist Julie Filipenko. “Every Lie I Said Was True” is Filipenko’s second solo show at the gallery. Filipenko’s paintings are mischievously bold and playful. Her girls are known for their recognizable faces featuring large, expressive eyes curious with wonder and adventure. A lover of pattern, detail and design, Filipenko often juxtaposes her girls with floral motifs or ornaments their surroundings with the innumerable stars of the solar system. Her ornamentation embraces both the femininity of her subjects and inquisitiveness of their burgeoning minds. One can’t help but be drawn in by their girlish guile and be reminded of their own adventures and curiosity from youth.


Julie Filipenko is an artist residing in Tel Aviv, Israel. Julie earned a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel. Her work has been exhibited all over the United States, Australia, Israel and Europe.

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