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    02.05.19 Leslie Rice in the 2019 Sulman Prize.

    Leslie Rice has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 Sulman Prize with his work Teha’amana and her husband Paul Gauguin.

    A regular finalist in the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes, in this year’s award Rice presents an imagined rendering of Teha’amana who was wedded to the artist Paul Gauguin by arranged marriage. This work illustrates the artist’s continued use of dark imagery and method of applying paint on velvet.

    Sulman Prize
    11 May – 8 September
    Art Gallery of New South Wales

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Leslie Rice   Teha’amana and her husband Paul Gauguin   2019   acrylic on velvet   105.0 x 70.0 cm


    12.04.18 Leslie Rice shortlisted for The Blake Prize

    Leslie Rice has been selected as one of 80 finalists for The 65th Blake Prize at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

    One of Australia’s longest standing art prizes, The Blake Prize encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art and offers a non-acquisitive prize of $35,000.

    The 65th Blake Prize
    Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
    12 May – 1 July 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Leslie Rice   Salome   2018   acrylic on velvet   61.0 x 46.0 cm


    11.10.17 Leslie Rice at Art Gallery of Ballarat

    Leslie Rice features in group exhibition, Romancing the Skull, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Examining the continued symbolic depiction of the skull in art, this exhibition considers the ranging themes of mortality, piracy and rebellion.

    Featuring work by leading Australian contemporary artists alongside a number of international artists, Romancing the Skull also explores the culturally specific use of skull imagery.

    Romancing the Skull
    Art Gallery of Ballarat
    14 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Leslie Rice   Can’t get Santa Muerte (out of my head)   2016   acrylic on black velvet   101.5 x 76.0 cm


    07.07.17 ‘Artist Profile’ Exhibition at Orange Regional Gallery

    Orange Regional Gallery will present a group exhibition of over 140 artists featured in Australian arts publication, Artist Profile over its ten year history.

    Curated by Editor Kon Gouriotis, and Deputy Editor, Lucy Stranger, the exhibition, Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007-2017 features living painters who have been featured in Artist Profile.

    The exhibition includes work by Lucy Culliton, Fiona Lowry, Guy Maestri, Robert Malherbe, Ben Quilty, Victoria Reichelt and Leslie Rice.

    Artist Profile: Australasian Painters 2007-2017
    Orange Regional Gallery
    8 July – 10 September

    For more information, please click here.


    15.07.16 Leslie Rice in Salon des Refusés 2016

    Leslie Rice has been included in the Salon des Refusés 2016 exhibition to be held at S.H. Ervin Gallery. Each year the salon’s panel selects an alternative exhibition from works not selected as finalists for the Archibald and Wynne Prizes by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

    This year’s selectors include Catherine Benz, Curator, Delmar Gallery; Kon Gouriotis OAM, Curator and Editor, Artist Profile and Jane Watters, Director, S.H. Ervin Gallery.  A total of 40 works have been selected for the alternative Archibald Prize, and 24 for the alternative Wynne Prize, with the panel viewing over 1000 unselected entries from the official exhibitions.

    Leslie Rice’s featured work is a portrait of Australian film director Warwick Thornton, best known for his breakthrough film Samson and Delilah. Rice’s bold portrait sees Thornton depicted as a fearless bull rider, touching on the subject’s approach to creative output.

    Salon des Refusés 2016
    S.H. Ervin Gallery

    16 July – 18 September 2016

    For further information please click here

    Image credit: Leslie Rice   Bovestrian portrait of Warwick Thornton (please hang around for more than 8 seconds)   2016   acrylic on velvet   183.0 x 122.0 cm


    01.03.16 Leslie Rice in Spectrum Now

    Award winning artist Leslie Rice and his team from LDF Tattoo will bring a pop-up tattoo parlour to Sydney’s Domain as part of Spectrum Now 2016. The festival brings together a range of immersive programming across art, music, stage and discussion held at multiple venues in Sydney. The heart of the festival will see part of the Domain transformed into a vintage circus fairground with pop-ups and a range of free entertainment.

    In line with the vintage theme of the festival, LDF Tattoo will be focussing on a flash selection of pre-war imagery for their pop-up tattoo parlour.

    The Sydney Morning Herald have interviewed Rice ahead of this initiative to gain some insight to the history of this type of imagery in tattoo.

    To read the article and view the video please click here 

    Spectrum Now runs from 3 to 19 March. For more information please click here 

    Image courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald


    10.12.15 Leslie Rice in Return to Hanging Rock Exhibition

    Works by Leslie Rice will feature as part of an exhibition being held to celebrate 40 years since the publication of Joan Lindsay’s Picnic at Hanging Rock. 

    Return to Hanging Rock will be held at Mulberry Hill, the author’s former home, and will feature original costumes and props from the film adaption courtesy of the National Film and Sound archive, historic images, scent installations, and contemporary artworks that explore the mysteries of the Australian landscape, time, and sensory perception that inspired the novel.

    The exhibition runs from 2 January until 27 March 2016.

    For more information please click here

    Image credit: Leslie Rice   Bacchanal (sour grapes)   2014   acrylic on velvet   20.0 x 25.0 cm


    20.10.15 Leslie Rice on ABC's The Mix

    Leslie Rice is featured in a video interview on the most recent episode of ABC’s ‘The Mix’. Presenter Lindsay McDougall visited Les in his Newtown tattoo parlour to discuss his two roles as a tattoo artist and contemporary painter.

    Watch the video here


    28.07.15 Julia deVille and Leslie Rice on Cultural Flanerie Blog

    Brisbane arts blog Cultural Flanerie reviewed Julia deVille and Leslie Rice’s 2015 exhibitions Lullaby and No oil painting.

    Writer Carrie McCarthy discusses death and how this can inform the viewing of contemporary artworks such as that of deVille and Rice.

    Be sure to visit the gallery before the exhibitions close this Saturday 1 August. Gallery open 10am – 5pm.

    To read the article please click here


    15.07.15 Leslie Rice in Archibald Prize 2015

    JMG represented painter Leslie Rice is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2015 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for his portrait of contemporary Australian landscape painter Luke Sciberras.

    The exhibition of finalists work will run from 18 July until 27 September.

    The works of all finalists will then tour to the Art Gallery of Ballarat, New England Regional Art Museum, Tweed River Art Gallery, Manning Regional Gallery, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre from October until July 2016.

    Read more information here 

    Image credit: Leslie Rice   Hill End bacchanal   2015   acrylic on velvet   183.0 x 122.0 cm


    23.06.15 Leslie Rice in ‘Permanent Mark’ Group Exhibition

    Leslie Rice features in Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art at Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville.

    The exhibition runs until 16 August and explores the ever-growing relationship of the tattoo and contemporary art industries.

    For more information please click here.


    15.05.15 Interview with Leslie Rice in Artist Profile

    Leslie Rice was interviewed by arts writer Anna Madeleine in the latest issue of Artist Profile.

    In the article Les discusses how the art of tattooing informs his painting practice, his use of velvet as a medium, as well as his current foray into making white frescoes.

    Please click here to read the interview


    30.08.14 Finalist, the Black Swan portrait prize

    Congratulations to Leslie who has been selected as a finalist in the Black Swan portrait prize for his self-portrait pictured below.



    Rice is here teaching artist John Olsen how to tattoo. A new found collaboration between the artists perhaps?


    23.03.13 Finalist, Sir John Sulman Prize 2013

    Saint George, acrylic on black velvet, 122.0 x 92.0 cm

    Rice was a finalist for the 2013 Sir John Sulman Prize for his pictured work Saint George.


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