June is Pride Month, and I’ll be donating 50% from my paintings sold to Equal Justice Initiative

Equal Justice Initiative is a non-profit committed to challenging racial injustice, ending mass incarceration, and protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable people in society.

During Pride Month we celebrate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Please remember that the activism of a black butch lesbian (Stormé DeLarverie) and a black trans woman (Marsha P Johnson) sparked the uprising that ignited an LGBTQIA+ movement.

As we find ways to celebrate Pride Month globally, please commit to actions that will create a better, more just world for everyone. Here are just a few actions you can take:

– Learn more about and talk out the conscious and unconscious bias you have. I have a growing reading list and am happy to share.

– Listen without ego and defensiveness to people of color.

– Support black businesses.

– Don’t buy from companies that use prison labor.

– Don’t be silent about that racist joke.

– Buy books, choose TV shows and movies, and opt for toys for your kids, nieces, nephews, etc that show people from different races, and that feature POC as protagonists and heroes.
Decolonize your bookshelf.

– Find out how slavery, the Civil War, and the Jim Crow era are being taught in your local school.

– Write to your local government and police chief to advocate for mandatory police body cams and evidence-based police de-escalation trainings.

– When you see posts about people encountering racism, call the business or institution involved to tell them how upset you are.

– Call or write to your local government to support criminal justice reform including reducing mandatory minimum sentences, reducing sentences for non-violent drug crimes, passing alternatives to incarceration, etc.

This is by no means and exhaustive list and I can share lots of books and resources, just slide into my DMs.


Donating 100% of sale price from paintings sold in January to bushfire relief and animal research

As with Nov & Dec, I’ll continue to donate 100% from my paintings sold in January to help people and animals who are affected by the unprecedented Australian bush fires, as well as those fighting to put the fires out.

I’ll be dividing proceed between several non-profit organisations to ensure maximum impact.

There are several other Australian artists donating, so if you have a certain style or subject matter in mind I’d be happy to get you in touch with a suitable artist!

You can view all of my available works on my online catalogue.

Donating 50% from paintings sold to Australia’s Rural Fire Services

I took these videos of some of the NSW and QLD fires on yesterday’s flight from Brisbane to Sydney. Right now, extraordinary people are fighting catastrophic fires across Australia, saving homes and lives. And it’s not even fire season yet.

Evidence of the climate crisis is all around us, yet morally corrupt politicians are refusing to act on climate change. #AttnScottMorrisonMP

For the month of December I’ll be donating 50% from my sold paintings to Australia’s Rural Fire Services. I encourage you to make a donation to the Rural Fire Service is if you can.

You can view my available paintings via kimleutwyler.com and 50% of the sale price will be donated.

Painting donated for LGBTQI+ CAMP OUT fundraiser

I have donated one of my paintings for auction to raise funds for CAMP OUT, an Australian organisation that runs a camp for LGBTQI+ and gender diverse teens. In my teens, I would have loved a camp with open workshops and informal discussions on things like identity & what it means to be LGBTIQ-identified or questioning your gender or sexual orientation, dealing with homophobia & transphobia, coming out in highschool, coming out to parents or friends, and how to be an awesome LGBTIQ ally.

While this painting was scooped up straightaway, if you’d like to purchase any of my available works I’ll be happy to donate 25% to this great organisation. Just specify in your message!




CAMP OUT offers the chance to attend an away-from-home camp with people who share similar experiences, offering a supportive and safe space to learn and express yourself, an opportunity for capacity building and a fun environment in which to do so. Most of all, it’s the chance to hang out in a place where you’re not judged for who you are, or who you like.


Donating 10% of artwork sales in May to Black Rainbow

Im thrilled to be a finalist in the Archibald Prize with my portrait of Faustina Agolley, a Ghanaian-Chinese, openly queer actor, broadcaster, television producer, writer and DJ. To celebrate, I’ll be donating 10% of sales from my artwork sold in May to Black Rainbow!

This portrait began in September 2018. The preliminary sketches from our first sitting were followed by several exchanges of abstract colour sketches and feedback to understand which compositions and colours Faustina was most drawn to. Faustina’s portrait reached a stopping point when I began to feel severe pain and numbness in my hands, later diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome. Unable to hold a paint brush for long periods of time, Faustina and I had a short final sitting in February during which she read me a story about her childhood fictional crush. Turns out we both had the same crush as kids, and it was a unifying moment filled with laughter.

In historical art, women of colour are often erased, or when seen, reduced to tropes as opposed to the individuals they are/were. Queer women have largely been left out altogether. Representation of queer women of colour on the walls of our cultural institutions matters.

In this portrait of Faustina, I explore the boundaries between realism and abstraction to highlight the layers and complexity of identity. My hope is that this portrait will spark dialogue and action, and help raise the profile of women of colour in the arts by amplifying voices and diversifying representation. I also hope that this portrait will be wife-bait for Faustina’s future partner, she’s single ladies!


The Archibald Prize is exhibited annually at one of Australia’s most prestigious museums, the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The overall winner of the Archibald Prize will receive $100,000!

Black Rainbow:

For the month of May, I’ll be donating 10% of the sales from my original artwork to Black Rainbow, a non-profit focused on preventing Indigenous LGBQTI+ Suicide. They support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people who are homeless, leaving domestic violence relationships or the justice system. Blackrainbow.org.au

Available works can be seen here: kimleutwyler.com

Portrait raffled to raise funds for Out for Australia

I recently donated the creation of a custom portrait to raise funds for non-profit organisation Out for Australia. Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket at the Australian LGBTI Awards, there were 5 other amazing prizes and we raised $19,570 by the end of the night! Looking forward to painting the raffle winner who happens to be a champion for diversity and inclusion, Ross Wetherbee. 🌈

🦄 Please note: I am able to make a donation because I work a full time job outside of the arts and am passionate about giving back where I can. Please do not take this post as a go-ahead to take advantage of other emerging artists by asking for donations of artwork in exchange for ‘publicity’ without any form of payment in return. That is exploitation. If you value the work, value the artist behind the work. 💕

Our for Australia:

Our vision is to create an Australia where every LGBTIQ student and aspiring professional is confident to be their authentic self in workplaces which celebrate diversity.

Cayte Latta Memorial Award for Visual Arts

It is an honour to have won ACON’s Cayte Latta memorial award for visual arts! I’ve donated 20% of the prize money back to ACON and will use the remainder to paint some of the wonderful LGBTQI+ community heroes I met at the award ceremony.

ACON is an Australian, New South Wales based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health.

Established in 1985, we’re here to end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, and promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people with HIV. – acon.org.au

To find out more or get involved, visit https://www.acon.org.au/

Photo courtesy of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Trischa: A Silent Auction to fund the subject’s cancer treatments

Trischa oil on canvas 2018

Trischa (Silent Auction)
Oil on canvas
41cm x 41cm (16” x 16”)

Current highest bid: $2,200 from Victoria, Australia
Retail value: $3000

This portrait is currently being auctioned through Bluethumb Gallery with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Trischa and her family. Battling Breast cancer for the 3rd time, Trischa has found tremendous success in integrative cancer treatments, most of which are not covered by medical insurance. To participate in the silent auction simply follow this link and click ‘Enquire Now’ to send your highest bid to the Bluethumb Curatorial team by 15 July 2018.

Trischa is a fierce friend who has been in my life for 15 years since we were paired randomly as flat mates in New Zealand. She is now settled with her partner and 2 beautiful children. When Trischa couldn’t explain her Illness to her little kiddo she decided to write a children’s book about a family of fish, which I had the great honour of illustrating. The illustrated children’s eBook is available in German and English. Please reach out to artist@kimleutwyler.com with enquiries about the illustrated book. To make a donation to support Trischa’s treatment and the care of her family, please visit gofundme.com/rjcu83-trischas-medical-expenses


I am happy to share that this auction has surpassed our initial goal of $2000AUD and ended at $6070 AUD.

Big thank you to Bluethumb for the support and amazing press around this auction!  See their article ‘Silent Auction: Help Kim Help Her Friend’ here.

My artwork is hanging in a Profit-for-Purpose Hotel with rooms designed by inspirational women like Sia and Sally Rugg!

Inspirational Australian women have designed rooms in two hotels that put profits towards programs supporting women and girls. Sia, Lee-Lin Chin, Nakkiah, Missy Higgins, Tina Arena, Bindi Irwin, Deborah Mailman and Sally Rugg each had input on their room designs, and the opening was good fun!

I’m so happy to be supporting by hanging a painting in Sally Rugg’s Pride room, a safe space for queer women and non-binary people. Proceeds from the sale of this piece (as well as artwork by Bluethumb Artists in other rooms) will go directly towards the frontline of Song Hotel’s programs and services. Thanks to Jenny Valentish for the great write up ‘A night in Sydney with a Sia chandelier and Bindi Irwin’s khaki shirts’ in The Guardian 🦄🌈🎉

‘Women of Colour’ by Tamara Armstrong – thrilled she has painted me and will donate 20% of sales to the Global Women’s Project

Let me tell you about Tamara Armstrong. Always making art from a young age, It wasn’t until high school that her real love affair with painting began. She later became a full time teacher, staying up all night painting between work days, a predicament in which many working artists find themselves. 5 yrs ago she made a brave choice to commit to being a painter full time.

We met 2 yrs ago at S.H. Ervin Gallery as finalists in the Portia Geach Memorial Award, an all-female identifying portrait prize. I was instantly drawn to this a 6’2 biracial amazon of a woman, not to mention her powerful portrait of yassmin_a. From that point forward Tamara focused on creating portraits of empowered women who live life in brilliant colour and bold substance. When asked how she selected her subjects Tamara shared that “diversifying the representation of what a beautiful woman looks like is something that is very important to me personally and hence my choice of subjects intentionally aims to play its part in subtly disrupting and challenge the status quo.” The inclusion of botanicals and nature with these fierce women pays homage to the times we disconnect and return to nature to draw energy and a greater connection to our inner-voices.

This series has taken her two years to create, and in that time she’s painted murals, run private workshops and art classes and taken other paid jobs to cover the cost of life. Not to mention also being a mother and wife!

I’m honoured that Tamara has chosen to include me as a sitter, and that she invited me to speak during her opening at left bank gallery last week. Each of the sitters has nominated a non-profit for the sale of their portrait, and 20% of the proceeds from my portrait will be donated to The Global Women’s Project, a non-profit we’ve both supported through their ‘Trailblazing Women of Herstory’ exhibit.

Many works have sold, so I encourage you to view (and purchase) the remaining works before the exhibit ends on March 30th!