Date of Birth
1979
Place Of Birth
Sydney/New South Wales/Australia
Biographical Display
Owen Leong is a Sydney-based artist who uses the human body as a medium to interrogate social, cultural and political forces. His photographs, sculptures and video performances attempt to subvert our relationship to the body by evoking abject responses to his work. Often employing liquids in his practice such as blood, milk and honey, Leong explores the passage between perceptual and physical thresholds of the body.

Owen Leong was born in Sydney, Australia. He studied printmaking, sculpture, performance and installation at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales where he completed his Master of Fine Arts and was the recipient of a prestigious Australian Postgraduate Award. Selected solo exhibitions include Infiltrator at Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne (2012); Tidal Skin at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (2012); and White Amnesia at Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2004). Selected group exhibitions include the Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool (2006); Magic Spaces at Today Art Museum, Beijing (2011); Soft Power at Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2007); and Asian Attitude: Transit Forces at the National Museum of Poznan, Poland (2007).

Leong was awarded the Visual Arts Centre Facade Project public art commission by La Trobe University in 2012. He received the people’s choice award in the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize in 2009. A three-time finalist in the Helen Lemprière Traveling Art Scholarship, he has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Art Gallery of NSW and Asialink. He has held residencies at Artspace, Sydney; Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; and Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan. Leong’s work is held in numerous private collections across Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Board Meeting Agenda, 18 February 2013

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