Archibald Prize Art After Hours – Artists Talk About Their Work And Its Origins

The Art After Hours programme from the Art Gallery Of NSW hosted by Benjamin Law has returned, giving Archibald Prize finalists and their sitters the chance to discuss what it takes to compete in the award.

Trixie Mattel / Brian Firkus

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'.

Brian Firkus Archibald
Archibald Prize 2020 finalist Kim Leutwyler Brian with pink, blue and yellow oil on canvas, 122 x 91 cm © the artist Photo: AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

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!

Tune in at 7:30pm (AEDT) on 14 October on Facebook or YouTube to watch the Archibald Prize Art After Hours Talk with artist Kim Leutwyler, featuring Trixie Mattel (aka Brian Firkus).

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