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Minna Leunig is a Melbourne based artist working primarily in limited pigments to create playful, primal and earthy images inspired by the natural world - all the way from the dry sclerophyll forests of the Strathbogie ranges to the tangled mangroves and thick rainforests of Cape York. 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 Backwoods, Outré, Juddy Roller, 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.


Solo Exhibitions

Sept 2019 | Heat Shimmer, Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood
2019 | Creatures We Walk With, Outré Gallery, Fitzroy
2018 | Another World, Juddy Roller Gallery, Collingwood
2018 | Alter Egos, Outré Gallery, Melbourne
2016 | Animal, Montsalvat, Eltham
2014 | Early Beginnings, Marios Cafe, Fitzroy

Select Group Exhibitions

2020 | Local, Outré Gallery, Fitzroy
2019 | Trouble Makers 2, VS Gallery, Richmond
2018 | Terra Oztralis, Outré Gallery, CBD Melbourne
2018 | Paper Trade, Neon Parlour, Thornbury
2018 | Fresh Blood, Backwoods Gallery, Collingwood
2018 | Untold Melbourne, Nylex Clock, Cremorne
2017 | Hear Me Out, Collingwood Arts Precinct, Collingwood
2017 | Les Chiens, Lamington Drive, Collingwood
2016 | Country, Montsalvat, Eltham
2016 | Accidental Discharge: ALL, Neon Parlour, Northcote
2015 | Summer Showcase, Golden Glory Studios, Carlton
2014 | 365, Fawn Gallery, Collingwood
2013 | The Face, Fawn Gallery, Collingwood
2013 | The Well-Spring, Photonet Gallery, Fairfield

Select Murals

2019 (upcoming) | Walk The Walls Festival, Cronulla
2019 (upcoming) | Kelly Park mural, presented by City of Wyndham
2019 | Mitchell Street mural, presented by City of Greater Bendigo, Bendigo
2018 | Preston market mural, presented by Backwoods Gallery & Raft Studio

Residencies 

2020 | JoyaAIR, Almería, Spain
2019 | Year 9 Mural Project, Wesley College, Windsor, Melbourne
2018 | QBank Gallery, Queenstown, Tasmania

Select Collaborations
2019 | Fabric design ‘Terra Incognita’, SS 19/20, Kuwaii