The talks, held every Wednesday this month, are live-streamed free from the Art Gallery's Facebook page and YouTube channel. This week (14 October) sees queer artist Kim Leutwyler chatting to her subject, Brian Firkus. . . Otherwise known as drag superstar Trixie Mattel from 'RuPaul's Drag Race'.
Kim is known for her portraits of figures from the LGBTQIA+ community. She was born in the United States but migrated to Australia in 2012, now living in Sydney and working in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmaking and drawing. Kim has painted Trixie before, but this time wanted to capture Brian – the man behind the wigs, frocks, and persona who has entertained crowds across the world not only on stage with music (Trixie's third album is called 'Barbara') but also through her web show 'UNHhhh' with fellow 'Drag Race' star Katya. . . They've released a book together too!
Brian and Kim will share stories about where the portrait first began over in LA, all the way through to the finished product which is now hanging up in Sydney!
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: