Minna Leunig is a Melbourne based artist working primarily in black and white pigments to create playful, primal and earthy images inspired by the natural world. Her work is characterised by a wandering hand and an intuitive lyrical approach to aesthetics.
Having grown up in rural North-East Victoria, Minna spent countless hours throughout her childhood and teenage years with her dogs, wandering the bush on foot and on horseback. Here she developed a profound love and respect for the Australian landscape and all its life forms. The presence of animals both wild and domesticated, as well as the many botanical varieties found in her early environment have been a strong influence, and her work often pays homage to these plants and animals, seeking to illustrate them as unique species and individuals – full of character, personality and spirit, in a world that so often commodifies, devalues or destroys them. Her recurring motifs affirm the strength and integrity of the natural world, and include the vital wild elements of joy, humour and beauty, inspired by the life force of the bush and a deep abiding connection to country and its creatures.
As well as having exhibited at galleries such as Outré, Montsalvat, Neon Parlour and Lamington Drive, Minna has a keen interest in bringing art out of gallery spaces and into the public realm through street art, working by the philosophy that art should be an integral part of everyday life, and accessible to all.
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"Not only does Minna have a unique and distinctive visual style, her work has an uncanny ability to be admired by all walks of life. Her interest in working with public spaces is adherent to the accessibility of her work. Minna’s contribution to the Melbourne arts scene is significant and I believe she is one to keep both eyes on."
– Bec Capp, Founder & Curator at Junior Space
"When I think of my home turf of regional north east Victoria, I conjure vivid memories of collecting bark from heavily vegetated roadsides, walking through scratchy fields of dry grass, avoiding flocks of aggressive magpies and finding new dirt roads that lead to private land that I was too young to understand did not belong to Mother Nature herself. Upon viewing Minna’s work for the first time in a gallery setting, I became obsessed with picking out recognisable motifs that I felt sure were shared memories; those same strands of dry grass, the dogs that wandered the paddocks, and the same late-night get-togethers at our local community hall.
The rendering of humans and animals as one and the same, as well as the literal stacking and surrounding of plant life around them speaks to the integrity of the artist’s connectedness to the world around her. In spending time viewing Minna’s work, I experienced the joy of the playful compositions, the calm of the modest forms that fit together, and the pride of seeing my home and our Australian landscape honoured in such sincerity.”
– Petra Nicel, Arts Support Coordinator at Montsalvat