Owen Leong

Above: Owen Leong. Photo: Anna Kucera

Owen Leong is a multidisciplinary visual artist examining the body as a site of individual experience and a product of social and cultural forces. He uses personal mythologies and queer aesthetics to explore power and control, and to reframe and reimagine identities and intimacies. His work centres queer pleasure as an act of political agency and healing. At the heart of Leong's practice is a belief in the power of art to transform the way we see ourselves and others.

Leong’s work has been exhibited widely in Australia and internationally including the Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Queensland Art Gallery; Newcastle Art Gallery; Monash Gallery of Art; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Singapore Art Museum; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen; and the National Museum of Poznan, Poland.

Leong has been awarded numerous grants from Creative Australia, Create NSW, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and Asialink. He is currently undertaking a two-year studio residency at Parramatta Artists’ Studios. Previously he has held artist residencies at Artspace, Sydney; Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan; Swatch Art Peace Hotel, Shanghai; and Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong.

Leong’s work is held in the public collections of Creative Australia, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bendigo Art Gallery, Detached Cultural Organisation, Gold Coast City Gallery, Murray Art Museum Albury, Newcastle Art Gallery, University of Salford Art Collection UK, and private collections in Australia and internationally.