About Leni Kae

Sydney Artist, Illustrator, Writer

Leni Kae is an Australian contemporary artist and illustrator, based in Sydney’s Inner West. Her work has attracted international audiences, with exhibitions across New York, London, Varese, Bologna, Barcelona, Florence as well as locally across Australia. In 2019, Leni Kae has been a finalist in the Georges River Art Prize, Du Reitz Art Awards, Mornington Peninsula Landscape Prize, Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize, Dean Cogle Portrait Prize, Lethbridge Small Art Prize, Foot Square Small Pieces Competition, and was selected for the 2019 Kennedy Prize Foundation’s Choice.

Leni’s artworks are an aesthetic and emotional journey captured through colour, flowing patterns, linework, and dripping paint; infused with the symbolic attributes of the subject and composition. The artist’s underlying desire is to reinforce ‘connection’ within the self as well as with others; whether it is via connection to place, the spirit of an animal, or connection to a colour.

“Art Inspires us to visit the concept of ‘Unity’ and see ourselves and part of a bigger universe” – Leni Kae

Her illustration is a journey of colour and lines; coupled with whimsical compositions that emanate the notion of dream-like escape. The Sydney children’s book illustrator is currently illustrating “Year of the Dragon” for the Sydney Jewish Museum, scheduled for publishing around August 2019.

As a writer, Leni Kae explores both poetry and lyric writing. Her poetry is often inspired by, and created alongside, the production of her paintings; coloured with layered symbolism, just like her art. Leni Kae’s lyric writing has been awarded both semi-finalist and runner up status in Song of the Year Lyric contests.

Artistic Influences

The self-taught artist has started oil painting at age 9, extending her practice to acrylics, watercolours, illustrations. Kae’s artwork styles too, have evolved over the years, with each series carrying its own unique styling quality.

“Art is an expression of the soul’s journey; and as I evolve, so too does my art. I love the adventure that art brings. Art has the power to reframe our vision of the world. What greater adventure is there?” – Leni Kae.

Early influences included the greats such as Matisse, Dali, Duchamp; her artworks today reflecting their inspiration of her bold colour use, application of symbolism, and movement captured through linework.

Her current abstract landscape series “Healing Landscapes” explores an emotional connection to nature; specifically how it can visually reflect the innermost emotional healing landscape. The series draws visual inspiration from the Fauvist, post-impressionist movement, and the works of van Gogh and John Russell. In this series, we see Leni Kae apply her studies in Colour Therapy to instil symbolism and an emotional response in her works.

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Exhibitions, Awards, Prizes

EDUCATION

Grad Cert Arts and Entertainment Management (Deakin) – recipient of Deans Award and Fairfax Award

Grad Cert Marketing (CSU), Ba Commerce (UNSW)

3 Unit Visual Arts, St George Girls’ High School, Art Express

AWARDS AND PRIZES

•(2019) Finalist Georges River Art Prize, Hurstville Gallery Syd NSW
•(2019) Finalist Du Reitz Awards, Gympie Regional Gallery QLD
•(2019) Mornington Peninsula Landscape Art Prize, QLD
•(2019) Kennedy Prize Foundation’s Choice Exhibitor, SA
•(2019) Finalist Dean Cogle Portrait Prize, QLD
•(2019) Finalist,  Southern Buoy Studios, Portrait Art Prize
•(2019) Finalist “Foot Square’ Exhibition, Aspire Gallery, QLD
•(2019) Finalist, Lethbridge Small Art Prize, QLD
•(2018) Online Finalist, Lethbridge Small Art Prize, AUS
•(2016) Finalist, Brisbane Art Prize ‘In Eden, Where Dreams are Born‘, AUS
•(2016) Finalist, Lethbridge Small Art Prize ‘Flight of the Tui’, AUS
•(2014) Online Finalist, Lethbridge Small Art Prize, AUS
• (2013)Semi-finalist, Song of the Year International, for Lyrics “Don’t Go Chasing (After Dark)”
• (2013) Online Finalist, Lethbridge Small Art Prize, AUS
• (2012) Runner Up, Song of the Year International, for Lyrics “White Line”
• (2012) Online Finalist, Lethbridge Small Art Prize, AUS
• (2009) Finalist, London International Creative Competition (LICC) Painting: ‘Lady Freedom’, UK
• (2009) Semi-finalist, Art for Progress, Clash of the Artists 2009, Visual Arts segment, USA
• (2008) Finalist, Aesthetica Magazine 50th Annual Creative Works: ‘I Am Woman, So Am I’, UK
• (2006) Finalist, International Art contest and online gallery, Modern Art, Online
• (2006) Semi-finalist, Signature of Sydney competition, semi-finalist, Sydney AU

INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCIES, MUSEUM SHOWS AND BIENNALES
• (2012) International Art Prize and Exhibition “Art of the Mind”, Chianciano Art Museum, Tuscany
• (2011) International Artist Residency & Exhibition, Atahotel Varese Italy
• (2009) International Florence Biennale Exhibition, Florence Italy, Dec 2009

INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

• (2013) Valentines Group Exhibition, San Valentine Italy
• (2012) International Art Prize and Exhibition “Art of the Mind”, Chianciano Art Museum, Tuscany
• (2012) European Mosaic Exhibition, group show, Montreal
• (2011) International Artist Residency & Exhibition, Atahotel Varese Italy
• (2011) International Showcase Barcelona, Gaudi Casa Battlo, Barcelona Spain
• (2011) ‘On the Edge’ small size art exhibition, Bologna Italy
• (2010) ‘Art in Mind’, Brick Lane Gallery London UK, August
• (2010) ‘Art in Mind’, Brick Lane Gallery London UK, June
• (2009) International Florence Biennale Exhibition, Florence Italy, Dec 2009
• (2009) Agora Gallery, ‘Out From Down Under and Beyond’ Group Exhibition, New York City, USA May 7-27

LOCAL SOLO EXHIBITIONS
• (2013) Sydney Art Show, exhibition showcase, Moore Park
• (2013) Sydney Art Show, exhibition and LIVE ART showcase, Moore Park
• (2012) Sydney Fringe open Studio show, Newtown Sydney
• (2010) May St Studio exhibition “The Art of Flying”, St Peters NSW, September
• (2009) ‘In The Spirit of Light’, Guildford Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC 24 Sep-11 Oct
• (2009) ‘In the Spirit of Light’, ArtHouse Hotel Sydney Solo Exhibit, NSW 17 Aug-13 Sep
• (2008) ‘Eclectic Abstractions for the Sensual Soul’, featuring 25 works, Global Gallery, Paddington (July 2-13)

LIVE ART

• (2013) Sydney Art Show, exhibition and LIVE ART showcase, Moore Park
• (2013) MOST Marrickville Arts Trail open studio show
• (2012) Sydney Fringe open Studio show, Newtown Sydney
• (2011) International Artist Residency & Exhibition, Atahotel Varese Italy

SELECT LOCAL GROUPS EXHIBITIONS
• (2016) Brisbane Art Prize Finalist Exhibition ‘In Eden, Where Dreams are Born’, QLD, AUS
• (2016) Lethbridge Small Art Prize Finalist Exhibition ‘Flight of the Tui’, AUS
• (2016) Singleton Art Prize Exhibition, Hunter Valley AUS
• (2015) WOOF Exhibition, Art Est Art School Leichhardt
• (2015) Animal Impressions Art Exhibition and Auction, Grand Hyatt Melbourne
• (2013) Sydney Art Show, exhibition and LIVE ART showcase, Moore Park
• (2013) MOST Marrickville Arts Trail open studio show
• (2012) Sydney Fringe open Studio show, Newtown Sydney
• (2012) Painting Group Show, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne
• (2011) ‘5th Annual Google Exhibition’ for Sydney Fringe Festival, Hardware Gallery, Enmore NSW
• (2010) ‘Contemporanea’ Florence Biennale Artists Australia group exhibition, Aarwun Gallery Canberra
• (2010) ‘Contemporanea’ Florence Biennale Artists Australia group exhibition, SmartArtz Gallery, Melbourne
• (2010) St Josephs Art exhibition, St Josephs Private School
• (2010) May St Studio group exhibition, St Peters NSW, May
• (2009) Liverpool City Council Art prize exhibition
• (2009) ‘Into the Red’, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Guilford Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC Sep 23
• (2009) BSG Gallery, Melbourne VIC, ‘Small Works 09’, 23 Jun-2 Jul
• (2009) Art Auction (Gay and Lesbian Switchboard), Guilford Lane Art Gallery, Melbourne VIC
• (2009) RedART Group Exhibtiion, hosted by Reddam House, Woollahra NSW, Mar 11-15
• (2008) ‘Colourful Moments’, Art Moments Gallery Bondi NSW, Sep 08
• (2007) Post Art Sydney exhibition, MLC Powerhouse Gallery, Ultimo NSW
• (2007) ART SYDNEY 07, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Oct 26-28
• (2006) St George Society Group Exhibition, Nov
• (2006) ‘Colourful Moments’ Group exhibition, Art Moment Gallery Bondi, October 06
• (2006) Northbridge Spring festival, TAH Group exhibition, Gallery 307 Northbridge, October
• (2006) ‘Life’s Precious Moments’ group exhibition, Art Moment Gallery Bondi

​ART AUCTIONS AND DONATIONS
• (2013) Keep Talking event,, Artwork donation, raising money for Wildlife Victoria and Edgar’s Mission
• (2012) Apple of Life Artwork donation, raising money for Cancer
• (2011) Varese Childrens’ hospital artwork donation
• (2010) Colour My Life’ Canteen Art Auction Fundraiser (Painting donated, SOLD), Art Gallery NSW, Aug
• (2009) ‘Colour My Life’ Canteen Art Auction Fundraiser (Painting donated, SOLD $5000), Art Gallery NSW, Aug

FEATURES AND PUBLICATIONS
• (2010) Australian Natural Therapies Magazine cover article, Jan issue “Brighten Your Life with colour”
• (2008) “Leni colours her world in vivid form”, St George Leader, Thursday 3 July
• (2008) “Colourful Moments in Bondi”, Bondi View, 3 Sep 2008
• (2008) Australian Art Collector, April-June 2008
• (2008) Art Almanac, May 2008
• (2008) Art Aesthetica 2008, Competition Finalist feature Dec
• (2006) WATIM.com Issue 3, feature interview