Kim Leutwyler

Queer portraits

4 March — 13 March 2021

Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Nanda\Hobbs is thrilled to present artist Kim Leutwyler with a collection of 19 new works portraying LGBTQIA+ identified people from across Australia as part of the 2021 Sydney Mardi Gras Festival.

Viewers can immerse themselves in an augmented reality experience using smartphones or tablets. Imagery and sound will float in the room around 18 painted portraits, including video interviews with the portrait sitters, still images of important moments from their lives, time-lapses of the portraits being painted, audio soundscapes and more.

Leutwyler’s ‘sitters’ each engage with the politics of identity, community and activism in their own unique way. Leutwyler’s sitters include Writers, Actors, Astrophysicists, Rappers and Multidisciplinary Artists. Even today, queer exhibitions are quite rare—there have been a total of under 50 in museums and major art institutions across the world. Leutwyler has come to focus on painting as a medium, using historical norms of portraiture to upend heterosexual norms of identity and sexuality.

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. Leutwyler 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.

Leutwyler’s current body of work features paintings exploring notions 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. Her artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries and museums throughout Australia and the United States.

Some of Leutwyler’s recent accolades include being selected as a finalist in the Archibald and Sulman Prizes.

This exhibition was made possible when Leutwyler became a recipient of the ANZ + Sydney Mardi Gras Community Grant.

Watch this short video to see Kim introduce her sitters and their stories as augmented reality compositions.

\ Exhibition featured works

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Agolley

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 101.6 x 101.6cm

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Alex

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 61 x 50cm

SOLD

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Bec

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 61 x 50cm

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Ben

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 61 x 46cm

SOLD

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Christine and Michelle

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 101.6 x 76.2cm

SOLD

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Coby

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 122 x 91.5cm

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Handsome

2021 \ Lightweight polyester with hand-sewn finish \ 200 x 600cm, approx

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Jamaica II

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 46 x 61cm

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Jamarz on marz

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 61 x 46cm

SOLD

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Jonny

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 61 x 46cm

SOLD

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Kat

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 122 x 91.5cm

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Kim

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 101.6 x 101.6cm

SOLD

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Lisa

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 61 x 46cm

SOLD

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Maya and Saha

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 101.6 x 70cm

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Newsha and Sabrina

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 122 x 91.5cm

SOLD

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Stiina

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 78 x 46cm

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Tay

2020 \ Oil on canvas \ 101.6 x 76.2cm

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Teddy

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 101.6 x 70cm

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jax

2021 \ Oil on canvas \ 61 x 46cm

SOLD

\ Other exhibitions

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South by Southwest

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Dee Smart

In the Balance

10 June — 19 June 2021

POB&BURNEY

TRUST

8 June — 19 June 2021

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.