Born in America, Sydney-based Kim Leutwyler migrated to Australia in 2012. Kim's current work takes its form in paintings primarily dealing with images of beauty, Queer-identity and sexuality. “I create figurative paintings of LGBTQIA-identified and queer-allied women, most recently focusing on those who have impacted my life in some way,” Leutwyler says. “My work toys with the concepts of glorification, objectification and modification. I am interested in exploring the ways that women take on various permutations of beauty and androgyny.”
Kim's painting 'Start the Riot' was selected for the 2015 Archibald Prize and was chosen to be the feature image on the 2015 Archibald Prize Finalist Exhibition poster and promotional materials. Her work was also selected as the Midsumma Visual Arts Winner, creating the 2016 hero image for the annual Melbourne LGBTQ festival.
Kim's artwork has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and Australia, and she is part of the collections at both the Naestved Cultural Center in Denmark and the Brooklyn Art Library in New York.
Kim holds concurrent degrees in Studio Art and Art History from Arizona State University, and a Painting and Drawing degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.