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.
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
40 Years of Queer Art: Rebellion and Subversion, Comber St Studios, Paddington, Australia
NSFW, BSIDE Gallery, Fitzroy, Australia
Ephemeral, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2017 Portia Geach Memorial Award finalist, Australia 2017 Archibald Prize Finalist. Portrait used as key marketing image, Australia 2017 Sir John Sulman Prize, Australia 2017 Cliftons Art Prize, Cliftons, Sydney, Australia 2017 Bluethumb Art Prize finalist, 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 2015 Jerry’s Artarama Self Portrait Finalist, USA
On the Rise Artist in the September issue of beautiful.bizarre, 20161 of 9 finalists for the Spoon x Ello Competition, featured in SPOON Magazine, 201623 LGBT Australians to Watch in 2016, GNN, 2016Artist Kim Leutwyler reflects on what makes The Greats truly great at the Art Gallery of NSW - Central Sydney 2016Emerging artists rule the roost at The Other Art Fair, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2015Eyes on the Prize: Introducing Archibald Prize Finalist, Queer Artist Kim Leutwyler, Gay News Network, 2015Kim Leutwyler on her bold and powerful portraits of women, Mamamia, 2015On the Couch with Kim Leutwyler, Australian Arts Review, 2015Audio - Interview with Myf Warhurst, Archibald Prize Featured Artist Q&A, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2015Two Midusmma exhibitions featured in ArtsReview.com.au 2014January LOTL Girl‚ ‘LOTL Magazine’ 2014Featured artist in 32nd issue of OCHO: A Journal of Queer Arts 2014#1 Weekend Pick for Gallery Show in ‘Bad At Sports’ 2013Solo show featured in ‘Chicago Examiner’ 2012Featured in ‘Downtown Phoenix Journal’ article 2011For a full list of Kim's press see: https://www.pinterest.com/kimleutwyler/press-kim-leutwyler/
Robert Rauschenberg Jake and Dinos Chapman Marcus Harvey Jenny Saville Kehinde Wiley Margherita Manzelli Mark Gleason Geoff Farnsworth Ben Quilty Ai Weiwei