Bio: Born in America, Sydney-based Kim Leutwyler migrated to Australia in 2012. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia and drawing. Kim holds concurrent bachelor degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and additionally graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Painting and Drawing degree.
Leutwyler's recent accolades include being selected as a finalist in the Archibald, Sulman and Bluethumb Art Prizes, as well as the Portia Geach Memorial Award. Her painting was the hero image for the 2016 Midsumma LGBTQ+ Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Leutwyler's artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Australia.
Statement: This portrait features activist Sally Rugg who has been working tirelessly over the past several years to make #marriageequality a reality in Australia. I paint to show my gratitude to her and the many others working to achieve equal rights for the Queer community. I create figurative portrait paintings of LGBTQ+ identified and Queer-allied women, most recently focusing on those who have impacted my life in some way. My work toys with the concepts of glorification, objectification and modification, touching on the mutability of identity, gender and beauty. Although I enjoy working in a variety of mediums, I have come to focus on painting because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon.