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 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