Leni Kae’s self-portrait, “The Artist Bare: Unfinished, Untold” is a finalist in the Dean Cogle Portrait Prize 2019. The artwork is a 37cm x 45cm acrylic painting on canvas, with canvas and paper collage elements.
The artist says of the artwork:
“There is something about motherhood that has forced a self-confrontation. So much changes, it feels like starting over. There is also a mass of paradoxical emotions. There is joy for new life, yet grief for the life that can no longer be lived. There is the rediscovery of the self and your own strength, yet feelings of loss during a period of self-transformation as you say goodbye to your old self. Throughout it all, I felt stripped bare, and like I’m building a new ‘self’ again. In this painting, I have painted myself as bare; unfinished. The loose, stuck on canvas parts represent the untold story to come. Beneath the front layers, I have applied paper over my chest across the canvas, symbolising the small part of me I keep to myself; the part of me that I cannot lose, and the passion that I must guard. ” – Leni Kae
The Dean Cogle Portrait Prize features a $5,000 first prize, and will be on exhibition at Currumbin’s Dust Temple.
Exhibitions Dates: 03-Aug-2019 to 04-Sep-2019
DUST TEMPLE: 54 CURRUMBIN CREEK ROAD, CURRUMBIN, QLD
Monday to Friday 6.30am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday 7am – 1pm
Leni Kae’s artwork ‘Find Me Dreaming by the River’ is a finalist in the Foot Square Small Pieces Art Prize 2019, showing at Aspire Gallery. The painting is a watercolour and acrylic mixed media artwork on stretched canvas, 25.5cm x 25.5cm.
In this painting, Sydney artist Leni Kae explores the emotional awakening that happens through the still of night and dream; drawing a connection to the physical landscape. Flowing paint represents subconscious release of emotion. The forest represents exploration. The mountains represent the attainment of resolution and truth that comes with dream.
The 2019 ‘Foot Square’ Competition will be held at Aspire Gallery, QLD. The artwork will be for sale for the duration of the exhibition, also available online in Leni Kae’s online shop >.
53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Qld
17 July – 27 July 2019, Wednesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm
Awards Night: Saturday 20 July, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Sydney artist Leni Kae is a finalist in the Du Reitz Art Awards 2019 (2D award) with her artwork “The Ways I Feel When You Call My Name”; a 9-piece watercolour series on 300gsm paper.
The piece is an abstract representation of the landscape and how it mirrors the emotional landscape of the self. Each piece reflects on a different kind of love and how each plays a part in our growth and healing; romantic love, friendship, love for a child, self-love, passionate love, family, mature love, love reborn from random connections.
The fluidity and abstract river represent emotional outpour and a ‘break’ in the emotional self that seeks healing. The flowing patterns of leaf forms symbolise growth and renewal, with each leaf reaching out to the next; highlighting the human need for growth and connection.
The artwork will be available for sale for the duration of the exhibition. Enquiries welcome.
Art Awards Exhibition viewing | 24 July – 23 August 2019
The Gympie Regional Gallery is located at 39 Nash Street, Gympie and open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.