Queer Portraits by Kim Leutwyler

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.

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.