Leslie Rice

Chimera Painted on velvet

Leslie Rice, who is also a tattoo artist, draws inspiration in equal
measure from the worlds of high and low culture. His works have
been shown in solo and group exhibitions in state and regional
galleries across Australia. He was awarded the Doug Moran National
Portrait Prize twice, in 2007 and 2012. He is a four-time finalist in
the Blake Prize (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2018), and a three-time
finalist in the Archibald Prize (2008, 2012 and 2015). He was also
a finalist in the 2013 Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales,
and the 2014 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of Western
Australia. Rice has been a lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney
since 2008. He is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and
Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.

“It was the History and Theory Department (notably Dr Jacques Delaruelle) and the Painting Department that opened my mind to the world of evolving ideas that is Art.”

b. 1976, Sydney / lives and works in Sydney

Bachelor of Fine Art – Painting (Honours), NAS 2006
Painting lecturer, 2008–present

Chimaera, Emerging, 2015, acrylic
on velvet, 102 × 76 cm. Gift of Leslie
Rice, 2018

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