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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.

Kim’s current work takes its form in paintings dealing with images of beauty, gender and Queer-identity. She has come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon. By entering into the modernist painting field Kim hopes to destabilize gender borders just as LGBTQ artists have been doing since the 70’s and earlier. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries throughout the United States and Australia.

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. She also won the Midsumma Visual Arts Guide Cover Competition, and her painting was the hero image for the 2016 LGBTQ Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

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Education

School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago‚ IL 2008-2009Bachelor of Fine Arts‚ Painting and Drawing*Accepted into the highly competitive advanced painting program*SAIC Grant and SAIC Support Grant Arizona State University Tempe‚ AZ(Studied abroad at University of Auckland‚ New Zealand) Bachelor of Arts‚ Art
Katherine K. Herberger‚ College of Fine Arts‚ TempeDouble Major: Art History and Studio with emphasis in printmakingGraduated May. 2007 magna cum laude

Exhibitions

2018

Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, AU
the churchie national emerging art prize, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, AU NSFW, BSIDE Gallery, Fitzroy, AU
Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of Western Australia, AU Bluethumb Art Prize, Bluethumb HQ Gallery, Melbourne, AU
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, AU
Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Gallery, Stanthorpe, AU
We, the people who live for the Beautiful, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi, AU Ephemeral, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, USA
40 Years of Queer Art: Rebellion and Subversion, Comber St Studios, AU

2017

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Sir John Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Cliftons Art Prize, Cliftons, Sydney, Australia
Bluethumb Art Prize, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
No Woman is an Island, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne, Australia
Virtual Connections, No.1 Martin Place Mezzanine, Sydney, Australia
Queer Art Prize Judges Exhibit, Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne, Australia

2016

Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Virtual Connections, No. 1 Martin Place, Sydney, Australia
Trailblazing Women of Herstory, Neospace, Melbourne, Australia
John Copes Portrait Prize, Bowral Art Gallery, Bowral, Australia
Meridian, fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Australia (Feature Artist)
Archibald Prize, Regional Art Museums and Galleries, Australia

2015

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
The Other Art Fair, aMBUSH Project Space, Sydney, Australia
Home Free: A Midsumma Exhibition, Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne, Australia

2014

Artfuly: A Digital Discovery, Zigi's Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Comfort Zone, Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne, Australia
Inquisitarium, Art @1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Australia

PRIZES

2018 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award finalist, Australia
2018 the churchie national emerging art prize, Australia
2018 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture finalist, Australia
2018 Stanthorpe Art Prize finalist, Australia
2018 Bluethumb Art Prize finalist, Australia
2018 Winner of the Cayte Latta Memorial Award for Visual Art, Australia
2017 Archibald Prize Finalist. Portrait used as key marketing image, Australia
2017 Sir John Sulman Prize Finalist, Australia
2017 Bluethumb Art Prize finalist, Australia
2017 Cliftons Art Prize, People’s Choice Award, Australia
2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award finalist, Australia
2016 Midsumma Visual Arts Cover Guide Winner, Australia
2016 John Copes Portrait Prize finalist, Australia
2016 Spoon x Ello Finalist, featured in SPOON Magazine, USA
2015 Archibald Prize Finalist. Portrait used as key marketing image, Australia

Press

Levi's® Pride: A Conversation with Kim Leutwyler, Levi’s Global Pride Campaign, 2018 The Top 100 Figurative Painters Working Right Now, Buzzfeed, 2018
Ones to Watch: An Interview with Kim Leutwyler, BOOOOOOOM, 2018
Rainbow List: 50 of the most influential LGBTIQ+ allied Australians, Cosmopolitan, 2017
LOTL Powerlist, LOTL Magazine, 2017
New Feminists, PoetsArtists, 2017
On the Rise Artist, beautiful.bizarre, 2016
1 of 9 finalists for the Spoon x Ello Competition, SPOON Magazine, 2016
Artist Kim Leutwyler reflects on what makes The Greats truly great at the Art Gallery of NSW - Central Sydney 2016
23 LGBT Australians to Watch in 2016, GNN, 2016
Emerging artists rule the roost at The Other Art Fair, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2015
Eyes on the Prize: Introducing Archibald Prize Finalist, Queer Artist Kim Leutwyler, Gay News Network, 2015
Kim Leutwyler on her bold and powerful portraits of women, Mamamia, 2015
On the Couch with Kim Leutwyler, Australian Arts Review, 2015
Audio - Interview with Myf Warhurst, Archibald Prize Featured Artist Q&A, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2015

Influences

Robert Rauschenberg, Cecily Brown, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jenny Saville, Kehinde Wiley, Margherita Manzelli, Geoff Farnsworth, Ben Quilty, Romaine Brooks

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