Leslie Rice

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Rice has spent more than 15 years as an established tattoo artist (from a lineage of tattooists including his father and sister) and finds the transition to velvet to be strangely familiar. Like painting the body with a needle, painting velvet with a brush is exacting and unforgiving. Rice’s subjects side-step the usual preoccupation with sunsets and pin up girls made popular mid last century in velvet painting’s halcyon days. Instead dramatic, Mannerist tableaux including biblical and mythological references proliferate. These subjects find their source in Rice’s immediate world where friends and families close at hand are transposed into dramatis personae.

Making paintings with their longevity in mind, Rice now secures each work under glass, often choosing to pigment the glass lending the works a holographic quality where the beholder is invited into the picture.

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2008–2013 Lecturer, National Art School, sydney

2005 Bachelor of Fine Art, National Art School, sydney

solo exhibitions

2015 “Drawings” Gallery Ecosse, NSW

2013 Jan Murphy Gallery, brisbane

2012 Mortinaissance, Melbourne Art Fair, shown in collaboration with Jan Murphy Gallery & Sophie Gannon Gallery, melbourne

2010 Jan Murphy Gallery, brisbane

2009 Untitled, MOP Projects, Sydney

group exhibitions

2013 Autoportrait, Gallery Ecosse, NSW

2013 Sulman, Art Gallery New South Wales, sydney

2012 Animal/Human, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, sydney

2011 Animalia, Jan Murphy Gallery, brisbane

2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Jan Murphy Gallery, melbourne

2009 On Rage, Jan Murphy Gallery, brisbane

Martin Browne Fine Art, sydney

NG Art Gallery, sydney

National Art School Gallery, sydney

2008 MOP Projects, sydney

National Art School Gallery, sydney

NG Art Gallery, sydney

2006 Peleton, sydney

Wallspace Gallery, new york

Royal Hall of Industries, sydney

2005 National Art School Gallery, sydney

2004 National Art School Gallery, sydney

awards & scholarships

2013 Sulman Prize – Finalist

2012 Archibald Prize – Finalist

Doug Moran Portrait Prize – Winner

2010 Archibald Prize Salon Des Refuses – Finalist

2009 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Works on Paper Prize – Finalist

Blake Prize for Religious Art – Finalist

2008 Archibald Prize – Finalist

2007 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize – Winner

Blake Prize for Religious Art – Finalist

2006 MCQ Art Prize – Finalist

Blake Prize for Religious Art – Finalist

2005 Waverly Woollahra Art Prize – Highly Commended

Winner – Parkers Fine Art Prize