Les Rice, 23 Lines, 2019. Graphite on paper, 25 x 25cm. Courtesy: the artist and Galerie pompom, Sydney.
Leslie Rice is a painter who was once a tattooist. He draws inspiration in equal measure from the worlds of high and low culture. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in state and regional galleries across Australia.
Rice was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize twice, in 2007 and 2012. He is a four-time finalist in the Blake Prize (2006, 2007, 2009 and 2018), and a three-time finalist in the Archibald Prize (2008, 2012 and 2015). He was also a finalist in the 2013 & 2019 Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the 2014 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Rice has been a lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney since 2008. He is represented by Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane and Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Wednesday 12 June 2019
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