Leni Kae’s artwork “Reach of Sunrise Through the Fjord” is a finalist in the Heysen Prize for Landscape 2020.
An abstract landscape inspired by Port Davey Tasmania, “The Reach of Sunrise Through the Fiord” draws on the poetic parallel between the external visual landscape and the internal emotional experience. As sunrise and light pours through a fiord, there is a sense that it calls on viewers to witness a new day and breathe in new possibilities; to reflect on the travels and new experiences hidden beyond the fjord.
Reflecting a flow of emotional response to this scene, watercolour becomes an essential medium in the expressive experience and process. Layers of linework are then applied as reflective of the light and energy of the landscape connecting to the human emotional experience. Sunlight is expressed using thicker acrylic overtones including fluoro pink and yellow lines, reaching through the fjord and across the landscape; carrying a message to boldly accept the new day, adventure, and the challenge of new beginnings.
Exhibition launch – 6pm Saturday 12 December 2020
Exhibition dates – 12 December 2020 –14 February 2021
Leni Kae’s artwork “To Bend and Flow With the River” is a finalist in the Drummoyne Open Art Prize 2020.
“To Bend and Flow With the River” is a 61×91.5cm mixed media piece on stretched canvas, ready to hang. It pictures a flowing abstract landscape with blue and indigo hues, and highlights of lime and pink. It is painted in watercolour, acrylic paint and oil pastel on canvas and symbolises the emotional landscape of flowing and adapting to changes in life.
This artwork is part of Leni Kae’s series titled “Flowscapes”. Leni uses line work to express the energetic connection between nature and the elements; whilst also examining the connection between nature and the human emotional landscape.
The artwork will be exhibited online as part of the Finalist Exhibition, details to come.
Sydney artist Leni Kae is a finalist in the Mandorla Art Award with her artwork “The Ways I Feel When You Call My Name”; a 9-piece watercolour series on 300gsm paper.
The religious art prize calls for a reflection on a verse from the Bible:
‘’He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does THE LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”
“To me, the essence of what is required of us, is LOVE. The choice to give love, and the journey of growth from experiencing love, is the purpose and essence of what connects us. Love is also reflected to us in nature; when we give it love, it returns both sustenance and spiritual healing.
The reflection of love through nature is what I explore in this artwork. I take 9 abstract representations of the landscape and reflect on how different kinds of love 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, spiritual love.
– Leni Kae, Artist & Illustrator www.lenikae.com.au
The abstract river represents a ‘break’ in the emotional self that seeks healing. The flowing patterns of leaf forms symbolise growth, renewal, connection. The 9 pieces reflect the number’s spiritual significance.”
STALA Contemporary Gallery
12 Cleaver St, WEST PERTH WA 6005
Saturday 16 May – Saturday 6 June 2020.
Opening hours are Wednesday to
Saturday, 10am to 4pm.
Leni Kae’s artwork “The Evolution of Blue: 6 days to Sunday” is a finalist in the Georges River Art Prize, 2019.
This 6-piece artwork series is an abstract representation of the physical landscape, mirroring the emotional landscape of healing from emotional hardship. The colour transition depicts the journey of healing from ‘being blue’ to lighter emotions reflected by lighter colours towards Sunday; ‘the day of light’, marking a new beginning.
The artwork is painted with watercolour on 300gsm paper, total dimensions approximately 95cm x 60cm, and will be available for sale for the duration of the exhibition.
Exhibition Dates and Opening Hours
Saturday 26 October 2019 – Thursday 30 January 2020.
Hurstville Museum & Gallery:14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10.00am – 4.00pm Sunday: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
The Sydney Jewish Museum is proud to launch Year of the Dragon, authored by Nicky Gluch and illustrated by Leni Kae; a story written for the younger reader based on the story of Holocaust survivor Ilse Charny.
Ilse escaped from Vienna with her family to Shanghai during World War II. She bases Year of the Dragon on her life as a child in the Shanghai ghetto. As a child, Ilse first perceived the Nazis as dragons, and then the Japanese as dragons–and Ilse herself was born in the Chinese year of the dragon.
Nicky Gluch and Ilse will both speak about the story and the process of writing Year of the Dragon.
Wednesday 4 September
2.30pm | FREE
Sydney Jewish Museum
148 Darlinghurst Road
+61 2 9360 7999 R
This is a free event but bookings are essential.
Sydney artist Leni Kae’s work ‘Find Me In a Field of Peonies’ has been selected for the 2019 Kennedy Prize Foundation’s Choice exhibition.
Each year the Kennedy Arts Foundation members invite an entrant to exhibit their artwork in an exhibition at the Kennedy Prize. This year the theme of the prize and exhibition was ‘Beauty’. Leni Kae’s entry artwork , a red toned abstract landscape painting, symbolizes walking through flower fields. Emotionally, it represents walking through memories of romance and romantic beginnings.
2019 Kennedy Prize Exhibition Launch:
Fri 30th August at 7pm
Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Level One, corner North Terrace & Kintore Avenue, Adelaide SA
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.
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,