beautiful.bizarre co-curated exhibition ‘Les Petit Fours’ @ Friends of Leon Gallery, Sydney

‘Les Petit Fours’ is the successful culmination of an 18 month collaboration between beautiful.bizarre’s Editor-in-Chief, Danijela Krha and Friends of Leon Gallery Director, Leon Krasenstein. Born from a mutual passion for the female form, ‘Les Petit Fours’ is a carefully curated exhibition that brings together works from some of the best Australian and international New Contemporary artists and showcases the diversity of female figurative art and portraiture from around the world. From sublime realism, through graphic and fashion illustration, to pop surrealism, ‘Les Petit Fours’ explores our society’s infatuation with the female in art. 

The concept for the show was inspired by the decadence of a Parisian bakery. Each artist was asked to create a single square cut artwork – a delectable piece in their signature style – their own little ‘petit four’.

With an impressive international following of over 1.5 million people, the exhibiting artists are the crème de la crème of the portraiture world. Notwithstanding their impressive international popularity, this will be the first time that most of these artists will showcase their work in Sydney, in what will be a diverse smorgasbord of “new contemporary” talent.

‘Les Petit Fours’ will brings together recognised names in the Australian art world along with highly acclaimed artists from the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Canada, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

We are thrilled to finally reveal all the brilliant works for beautiful.bizarre’s first co-curated exhibition, in this the first exclusive preview!

Les Petit Fours

Opening Reception: 22 October 2015, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition: 22 October – 8 November 2015

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Friends of Leon Gallery

82 Marlborough St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010 | Australia

For pricing and to enquire about any of the works,
email Leon at leon@friendsofleon.com or call the gallery on 0403 248 978.

To attend the Opening Reception RSVP here.


Exhibiting Artists

Syd Bee | Jana Brike | Young Chun | Rose Freymuth-Frazier | Sonya Fu | Atsuko Goto | Melissa Hartley | Melissa Haslam | Meghan Howland | Ruben Ireland | Emma Leonard | Tracy Lewis | Alexandra Manukyan | Pippa McManus | Gabriel Moreno | Hieu Nguyen | ONEQ | Cate Rangel | Emma Sheldrake | Kelly Smith | Kazuki Takamatsu | Kelly Thompson | Ania Tomicka | Henrik Uldalen | David Wells | Kate Zambrano


Atsuko Goto_beautifulbizarreAtsuko Goto

Prison of Dreams, 2015
Cotton, Glue, Pigments, Arabic Gum, Japanese Ink & Lapis Lazuli
40 x 40 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Jana Brike_beautifulbizarreJana Brike

The Day of Renewal, 2015
Oil on Canvas | 50 x 50 cm


SHO-WA, 2015
Mechanical Pencil on Sketchbook
45 x 45 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Kelly Thompson_beautifulbizarreKelly Thompson

Charmer, 2015
Pencil on Card and Digital Colouring
48.5 x 48.5 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Young Chun_beautifulbizarreYoung Chun

Radiant Lights, 2015
Oil on Canvas | 50 x 50 cm

Ruben Ireland_beautifulbizarreRuben Ireland

Take Your Time, 2015
Digital Mixed Media, Ink, Acrylic, Coffee & Water
50 x 50 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Rose Freymuth Frazier_beautifulbizarreRose Freymuth-Frazier

Summer’s Ambrosia, 2015
Oil on Linen | 50.8 x 50.8 cm

Emma Sheldrake_beautifulbizarreEmma Sheldrake

Smokin, 2015
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas | 50 x 50 cm

Sonya Fu_beautifulbizarreSonya Fu

Girls Will Be Girls, 2015
Digital Painting, Giclee Print on Paper
45 x 45 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Gabriel Moreno_beautifulbizarreGabriel Moreno

Wolves, 2015
Pen, Pencil and Digital on Paper. Mounted on Wood and Gloss Varnished
50 x 50 cm

Alexandra Manukyan_beautifulbizarreAlexandra Manukyan

Loving Can Hurt Sometimes, 2015
Oil on Belgian Linen
45.72 x 45.72 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Tracy Lewis_beautifulbizarreTracy Lewis

Clandestine, 2015
40 x 40 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Cate Rangel_beautifulbizarreCate Rangel

Summer Light, 2015
Acrylic on Panel
30 x 30 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Kelly Smith_beautifulbizarreKelly Smith

Titania, 2015
Pencil, Copic Markers and Digital Colouring
50 x 50 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Syd Bee_beautifulbizarreSyd Bee

Linger, 2015
Oil and Ricepaper on Wood
45 x 45 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Henrik Uldalen_beautifulbizarreHenrik Uldalen

Efflux, 2015
Oil on Wood
50 x 50 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Emma Leonard_beautifulbizarreEmma Leonard

Begin Afresh, 2015
Pencil and Watercolour
40 x 40 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Kate Zambrano_beautifulbizarreKate Zambrano

Callow, 2015
Oil on Panel
40.64 x 40.64 cm | Framed 52 x 52 cm

Hieu_beautifulbizarreHieu Nguyen

Silent Reverie, 2015
Watercolour, Graphite, Coloured Pencil and Gel Pen on Watercolour Paper
47 x 47 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Ania Tomicka_beautifulbizarreAnia Tomicka

Retrospect, 2015
Oil on Canvas | 50 x 50 cm

Melissa Hartley_beautifulbizarreMelissa Hartley

L’oiseau bleu, 2015
Acrylic on Gessoboard
34 x 34 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

PIPPA MCMANUS_beautifulbizarrePippa McManus

Devon Dreams, 2015
Acrylic, Charcoal, Paint Pens, Soft Patel and Spray Paint on Canvas
50 x 50 cm

Kazuki Takamatsu_beautifulbizarreKazuki Takamatsu

Daydream, 2015
Acrylic, Acrylic Gouache, Medium, Gesso and Giclee on Tarpaulin
53 x 53 cm

David Wells_beautifulbizarreDavid Wells

Amy, 2015
Pastel on Paper
43 x 43 cm | Framed 50 x 50 cm

Meghan Howland_beautifulbizarreMeghan Howland

San, 2015
Oil on Panel | 50 x 50 cm

Melissa Haslam_beautifulbizarreMelissa Haslam

Red Crown, 2015
Oil on Canvas | 50.8 x 50.8 cm


Opening Reception kindly sponsored by Glenfiddich



About Author

Danijela Krha Purssey is an entrepreneur, and the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Australian based international contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. She is deeply passionate and committed to her vision to help shift the paradigm in the global contemporary arts industry regarding what is defined and accepted as contemporary art.


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