I create large scale figure paintings of LGBTQ-identified women, most recently focusing on those who have impacted my life in some way. My work toys with the concept of glorification vs. objectification vs. modification. I incorporate various facets of nature in to my work in order to comment on the mutability of life, gender and beauty. I have come to focus on painting as a medium because of its primarily masculine history in the western art canon.
I am dedicated to my studio practice and 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 marking a sexually fluid presence and stimulating dialogue in both the feminist and mainstream art worlds.
I've started a project called PHILANTHROPART, for which I donate portion of the proceeds from my artwork sold to a new charity or non-profit organization each month. If you want more details please visit the project site at http://philanthropart.com
Kim Leutwyler is a Chicago-based artist who works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia, and drawing. She holds concurrent degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Painting and Drawing degree. Never residing in one place for more than a few years, Kim has traveled extensively throughout North America, the European continent, Asia and the South Pacific region.
Kim’s current work takes its form in large scale paintings primarily dealing with images of beauty, gender, and Queer-identity. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries throughout the United States, and she is part of a permanent collection at both the Naestved Cultural Center in Denmark, and the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.