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

Posted on July 22, 2019

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 >.

Aspire Gallery
53 Kennedy Terrace, Paddington, Qld

Exhibition Dates:

17 July – 27 July 2019, Wednesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Awards Night: Saturday 20 July, 4:30 – 6:30pm

Posted on July 10, 2019

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.

Posted on July 3, 2019

Leni Kae’s artwork “Immersion in Blue” has been chosen as a finalist in the Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award, 2019.

‘Immersion in Blue’ 50x50cm by Leni Kae has been inspired by a poem by the artist:

“I could drown in the space where dreams live

The space where truth comes alive

Watch me soak it all in until life doesn’t matter

And rise again with new vigour”

– Leni Kae, Sydney Artist, Writer

This year, due to the high number of quality entries there will be two exhibitions across both Brisbane based Lethbridge galleries. The award will be presented in the Paddington Gallery, where Leni Kae’s artwork will be exhibited.

The opening of the exhibition and the announcement of the winners will take place:
6pm Saturday June 29
Lethbridge Gallery Paddington
136 Latrobe Terrace,
Paddington, 4064

Posted on June 5, 2019

This year, Leni Kae’s artwork “Love Through Purple Haze II” will be available for bidding as part of the Art For Epilepsy Online Auction. The artwork is approximately 80cm (h) x 60.5cm (w) x 1.8cm on thin edge stretched canvas frame (no frame), ready for hanging.

The event raises funds for much-needed education and support services across Australia to people living with epilepsy, their families and community, and professional groups.  Did you know that over 55% of Australians (13.2 million people) know someone with epilepsy?  Over half the population are impacted.

The online auction that begins on 1st May-31st May.

The auction features a mixture of well-established and prominent Australian artists, as well as emerging talent and up and coming artists;
provide something to suit various budgets.  There is also a wide range of styles to suit different tastes; from fine artists, abstract artists, water colourists, illustrators and mixed media artists. One thing each work has in common, is that each artwork contains the colour/shade purple.

Get bidding, and help a worthy cause!

Posted on April 29, 2019

In Leni Kae’s abstract landscape series “Healing Landscapes”, she is inspired by nature and landscapes; and their connection to the emotional landscape of human nature.

Her artwork ‘Illawarra Flame Tree: Heart of the Bold‘ , explores the relationship between pain and strength by looking at the Illawarra Flame Tree as a symbol for that subject.

The Illawarra Flame tree commands attention. It is the colour of blood, pain, hard work, resilience, power, passion. It does not go unseen. So, in this piece, Sydney artist Leni Kae explores a connection to this beautiful tree that demands existence without apology. She depicts the emotional landscape of pain through the background and the ‘broken’ looser sections of the painting; and resilience through the layers of forms.

Essentially, the artwork speaks of having the boldness of heart to embrace even the most turbulent of journeys as a source of growth and empowerment.

The stunning red abstract landscape painting is pictured in the photo in a suggested interior styling setting. With warm red colour tones, the artwork suits complementing colours of warm brown wood or cool grey tones.

Posted on April 25, 2019

Leni Kae’s portrait painting “Portrait of a Reader”, acrylic on canvas, just 20x20cm in size, has been chosen as a finalist piece in the Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize, 2019.

Though small, it’s careful composition and brushwork draw the viewer’s attention to the emotive qualities of the subject.


Opening event tickets are now available via the Southern Buoy Studios website. Buy Tickets >

The artist is available for portrait commissions. Contact the artist for more information.

Posted on April 19, 2019

I hear you breathe beside me, and sigh for life

Golden leaves grow around me, now I’m alive

I wish Autumn would sleep and show its grace

Wish Autumn leaves would fall, reveal your face

 –

Your face is there when I close my eyes

The rose that rests on your heart, it waits for mine

I wish I could rest against it, rest now and adore

I wish it were time, for the Autumn leaves to fall

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To show me the face I’m waiting for

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Autumn leaves are falling, I know you’re near

And when I sigh, it’s because I sense you, dear

Not here beside me, no

But the face and eyes that calm me

When I close my eyes, I know you’re near

Your eyes and me

Come Spring, it’s you and me

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I love you, I love you, eyes know I adore you

I love you, love you, eyes I fall for you

These Autumn leaves mean I’m close to you

 –

Autumn leaves are falling, I know you’re near

And when I sigh, it’s because I sense you, dear

Not here beside me, no

But the face and eyes that calm me

When I close my eyes, I know you’re near

Your eyes and me

Come Spring, it’s you and me

Posted on April 18, 2019

I’ve been hanging my hopes on a star

And a wish I made at five – so alive

I saw my future then though from afar

Right before my eyes – just truth, no lies

I was whole, if but for that moment

A warm hug there from above

Said all I’d wished for was beautiful

Made from innocence and love

And I want nothing but truth

For a life that is beautiful, with happiness too

And I want nothing but you

For a love that embraces me, like love should

And I want to reach you

I never pictured myself down here

Amongst the stars, that’s where I belong

There’s more waiting for me, I know

It is serendipity, it can’t be long

And I want nothing but truth

For a life that is beautiful, with happiness too

And I want nothing but you

For a love that embraces me, like love should

And I want to reach you

I’m hanging my hopes on that star

And that wish I made at five – so alive

My future’s here now, and before me a star

No time for standing still, time to fly afar

Yeah, time to be a star

And I want nothing but truth

For a life that is beautiful, with happiness too

And I want nothing but you

For a love that embraces me, like love should

And I want to reach you

Original Lyrics by Leni Kae ©

Please contact Leni Kae for enquiries or songwriting collaborations. Sydney, Australia.

Posted on April 3, 2019
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