I am a professional artist and lover of life. I am currently working on a body of large scale figure paintings of LGBTQ women, most recently focusing on those who have impacted my life in some way. I incorporate various facets of nature in to my work in order to comment on the mutability of life, gender and beauty. Over the next few weeks I will be packing up my life and moving to Australia with my partner! Im am so excited to embark on this new adventure, and to explore cultural differences in my work!
This Kickstarter Adopt-a-Painting Project will provide funds for creating a new series of 12 paintings featuring Queer-identified Australian women. The new body of work will be exhibited at a local Australian gallery this year! And the best part is: My paintings are the rewards! By pledging to fund this project you are adopting an existing or new painting. Examples of my work be viewed at http://kimleutwyler.com.
Why 12 paintings, you ask? Generally speaking an artist should accumulate a body of about 12 paintings before seeking out an exhibition. Purchasing paints, solvents, traveling to discover unfamiliar patterns in nature, befriending models for my work and painting their portraits requires time and resources.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
Materials and supplies for twelve large paintings will run about $150 each (stretcher bars, linen, oil paints and solvents). The remaining $300 will cover miscellaneous expenses - printing postcards, international postage stamps, transportation to and from botanical sites, making photo prints for reference, etc. And since my artwork will be the pledge rewards, packaging and shipping them out to their new homes will cost a small fortune ranging from $35- $235 each depending on size and country they are being shipped to.
WHAT WILL YOU GET?
The artwork of course! I’ve compiled some amazing gifts based on your generous donations. For all pledges starting at $5 or more you’ll receive a handwritten postcard, invitations to all openings, plus acknowledgement on kimleutwyler.com. Pledges from just $25-$100 or more will receive all of that plus an original watercolor or gouache painting by me! Pledges ranging from $250 up to $999 can pick any of my existing oil, acrylic or watercolor paintings up to 18”x 24”, plus the postcard, invitations and acknowledgement. If you pledge $1,000-$5,000 may choose between an existing painting of mine, or I'll paint a portrait of you or a loved one, not to mention all of the gifts included for other pledge amounts. Once you pass the $5,000 mark, you will have first choice of any existing work, or I'll paint an oil portrait of you and/or a loved one (up to 36"x 48"). You’ll also get a T-shirt or iPhone case featuring a painting of your choosing! And what if you make a pledge but your favorite painting has already found a good home? Just reach out to me and we can get you a high-res archival giclee print in the size of your choice.
WHY DON'T I HAVE THE FUNDS ALREADY?
For the past couple of years I've been working on a project called PhilanthropArt, for which I give a portion of the proceeds from my artwork sold to a new charity or non-profit organization each month. My idea of “success as an artist” has always been to change the world through artistic vision and funding for non-profit organizations and the arts. I aspire to emulate artists like Robert Rauschenberg, in their dedication to philanthropic efforts. This endeavor has been extremely rewarding, but has left me with very few resources for which to create large-scale paintings, especially now that I am moving abroad. I am dedicated to my studio practice and intend to continue making art throughout the course of my life, no matter what path my career may take. Find out more at philanthropart.com
WHY INCORPORATE NATURE?
Generally speaking, flowers in fine art raise more questions than they answer. Though their visual appeal is straightforward, the interpretation of their bewildering array of meaning is complicated, and often contradictory. The flower can function as a vehicle for contemplating sex, decay, gender politics, our environment, decadence, ceremony, and the mutability of life, love and death. I base elements of my my paintings off of natural patterns that may have a history of their own, but are still relevant enough that the viewer can cast their own interpretations. By combining the traditions of painting, design and ornamentation, I have attempted to create a visual feast for lovers of art history, while retaining a beauty for anyone to appreciate. For me, natural elements in painting speak to the transient nature of life and ‘beauty’. These flowers and the painted image will outlive both you and I.
WHAT IF I WANT A PAINTING AFTER THE PROJECT HAS ENDED?
Finding homes for my paintings will be no small feat, and my US and Australian representatives will be holding onto any remaining paintings in case you are hearing about this project after it has already ended and would like to adopt! My work is always available in the form or archival giclee prints, as well as phone cases, T-shirts and more in my Society6 shop!
Kim Leutwyler is a Chicago-based artist who works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia, and drawing. She was born on Friday the 13th, which people say explains a lot. Never residing in one place for more than a few years consecutively, Kim has traveled extensively throughout North America, the European continent, Asia and the South Pacific region. A great deal of Kim’s inspiration is drawn from the imagery she experiences in her travels.
Kim's artwork has been exhibited in multiple galleries throughout the United States, and she is part of a permanent collection at both the Naestved Cultural Center in Denmark, and the Brooklyn Art Library in New York. She holds concurrent degrees in Studio and Art History from Arizona State University, and continued on to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Painting and Drawing degree.
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