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A Note From the Editor: A Platform to Represent Diversity

Dear beautiful bizarre friends,

The 38th issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, with iconic queer photographer Franz Szony’s magical photograph of Dita Von Teese on the cover is on sale now! Don’t miss this special issue, grab yours today via our website or one of our stockists worldwide.

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Issue 38 with Franz Szony’s photograph on the cover

I could talk about the seemingly never ending COVID pandemic again, but honestly it’s just exhausting, so let’s chat about some of the exciting projects we have on the horizon instead! Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with many queer artists, both for the magazine itself and for our curated exhibitions. Being able to connect with this issue’s cover artist Franz has inspired me to move forward with a wish that the team and I had conceived a little while ago: The September 2023 issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine will be our first issue to exclusively feature queer artists and designers!

The September 2023 issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine will be our first issue to exclusively feature queer artists and designers!

Jon Ching - Flourished Merriment - pop surrealism painting
Jon Ching

We are doing our best to provide a platform to represent diversity and identities, and to highlight the voices of marginalised individuals and communities. There is no question that LGBTIQA+ folks belong in the spotlight, and that these kinds of spaces are necessary to change heteronormative and non-inclusive narratives in the arts. The September issue next year will be our contribution to celebrate the brilliance of queer visual artists working across styles and media, along with queer artisan fashion designers.

You may remember that the March 2021 issue was our first specialised issue, featuring all female presenting creatives. The September 2023 issue will be another expression of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s deep commitment to stand for and commit to gender diversity, equality, and representation in the visual arts globally.

So if you are a queer artist or designer, a queer artist couple, or have a friend/family member who is a queer creative, please do email our Social Media Manager Helena at helena@beautifulbizarre.net. This will enable us to curate a truly special queer issue next year. Of course this will also be a wonderful resource for all issues of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mitch Griffiths

There is no question that LGBTIQA+ folks belong in the spotlight, and that these kinds of spaces are necessary to change heteronormative and non-inclusive narratives in the arts.

Halcyon Days

More exciting news, the next Beautiful Bizarre Magazine curated exhibition, Halcyon Days, opens at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA, USA in November. Over 80 of the world’s best representational artists, plus the Winners of this year’s Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, will be exhibiting in this prestigious exhibition. To ensure you don’t miss out on your favourite artwork from this upcoming exhibition, please join the VIP Collectors Preview list by emailing gallery director Kim Larson at kim@moderneden.com.

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Chie Yoshii

For the first time since 2019, myself and Richard Purssey, our Co-Founder, along with Natalia, our Deputy Editor, will be able to travel internationally to the opening of one of our exhibitions! So if you are in San Francisco, or can make it there – please do join us at the opening reception of Halcyon Days on Saturday 5 November from 6 – 9 PM at Modern Eden Gallery. We would love to see you there!

Halcyon Days, opens at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco, CA, USA in November. Over 80 of the world’s best representational artists, plus the Winners of this year’s Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, will be exhibiting in this prestigious exhibition

Until next time, please take care of yourself and your loved ones, and please enjoy the unique and inspiring stories of 40+ visual and wearable art creatives in the current issue of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.

Much Love xo

Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine


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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