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Kim Leutwyler

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United States

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Arizona State University, 2007, BA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009, BFA

landscape, realism, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, gay, traditional, figure, figures, women, lgbt, queer, abstraction, nature, patterns, pattern, female


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 vs. objectification vs. modification, touching on the mutability of identity, gender and beauty. I have come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon.

Dedicated to my studio practice, I intend to continue making art throughout the course of my life, no matter what path my career may take. In the future, I see my artwork stimulating dialogue in both the feminist and mainstream art worlds.

A few years ago I started a project called PhilanthropART, for which I donate 10%-100% of the proceeds from my artwork sold to an assortment of charity or non-profit organizations.  For more details please visit the project site at

About Kim

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.

Kim's painting 'Start the Riot' is currently touring Australia as part of the 2015 Archibald Prize Finalist Exhibition. Kim recently won the Midsumma Visual Arts Prize, and her painting is the hero image for to 2016 LGBTQ Festival in Melbourne, Australia.






Recent Exhibits

Kim Leutwyler participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 Blacklisted presents new work by Kim Leutwyler
Black Penny
Jan, 2014 Inquisitarium
Art @1 Spring Street
Jan, 2014 The Comfort Zone
Gasworks Arts Park
Jun, 2012 Pride Links Us Together
A Vision Chicago
Oct, 2011 Time/Space
Aug, 2010 PhilanthropART works by Kim Leutyler
Click here to see all exhibits for Kim Leutwyler

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