Kira Leigh | Paintings

On view May 11 – May 24, 2015

EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT



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Using Dali’s paranoiac method of creation I engage my drawing and painting materials with an attempt to exorcize personal anxiety and demons. The end result is usually a female nude Using Dali’s paranoiac method of creation I engage my drawing and painting materials with an attempt to exorcize personal anxiety expressing contrary social norms, such as being highly sexual but not sexualized, possessing abundant body hair but still being attractive, being objectified in a sexual situation but being physically unattractive. Sometimes my females have male sexual organs, sometimes they are conjoined twins, and sometimes they are corpses or mutilated in some way. My attempt to personalize the female form and make it an expression of anti-patriarchy, pro-feminist ideals is a direct result of my life as a female in the oppressive western cisgendered Christian white male society. Works often have bright, anime-inspired symbolism and color palettes, drawing inspiration to my early life as an anime addict. Anime is highly misogynistic with very few strong, complete female characters within it that aren’t simply objectified bodies. I draw, I paint, sometimes I collage, often times using anti-art materials such as highlighters, gel pens, glitter and sharpie markers. I often employ facial makeup to touch on the way females are expressly held up to an unrealistic physical standard and apply copious amounts of strange face paint in order to appear younger or more sexually enticing. My version of the male gaze is how I honestly experience it as a gross invention created to strip women of their inherent female power and reduce them to objects for use by heteronormative males. I plan nothing, preferring to simply let it pour out of me, using anxiety and depression as a fuel for my distaste of current societal standards and culture.  -K.L.

 Kira currently lives and works in Allston, Massachusetts 


Gallery Sheet and Pricing PDF


CV / Resume

Kira Leigh



May 2015: Solo Show EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT

February 2015: Gross Girls! Find & Form Gallery, Boston

March 2013: Parallax AF Art Fair, NY

January 2013: Mass Apparel GROUP SHOW, boston MA

November 2012: US SOLO SHOW @ the Lilypad

September 2012: Snagglefest! Group Show

August 2012: Parallax AF Art Fair

April 2012: Quarks Gallery: SOLO EXHIBITION!!

February 2012: Group, SALON, YES.OUI.SI Gallery, BOSTON, MA

January 2012: Group, Socio Network II, Alternative Cafe, SEASIDE, CA

2011: Group, small works, Green Side Up Gallery, ALLSTON, MA

2011: Group, CYCLES, YES.OUI.SI Gallery, BOSTON, MA

2011: Group, senior exhibition, massART

2010: Are We There Yet?, Arnheim Gallery, massART



July 2013: Kool Kreatures local zine, Boston MA

April 2013: Juxtapoz Online Feature!

February 2013: OH! Parasite: Feature

January 2013 Popper Magazine Anticipated feature in January mag! (print)

October 2012Royal Cheese feature!

August 2012: second feature!

June 2012:(Print} Work in Artist Projects @ Beautiful Decay: Strange Daze

May 2012: Untold Method Recession feature.

April 2012:Second Feature in Juxtapoz Online!

March 2012: Feature in Lost at E Minor

March 2012:Feature in the Hi.Lite.Head blog

March 2012: Feature in New England Journal of Aesthetic Research

March 2012: Feature in Electric City Art Lodge

Feb 2012: Quiet Lunch Feature:Kira Leigh kruger

Fall 2011: Proteus Mag Feature

August 2011: GIZMODO featured one of my prints

Feb 2012: boooooom art blog!


(I say like way too much in that interview. My apologies. Its just the way I talk when nervous.)

Fall 2011 Semester, massART: Artwork featured in Admissions Catalog

Aug 17th 2011: Juxtapoz Feature: The Awesome Anixety of Kira Leigh

JUNE 22nd 2011: Wash Your Hands and Repeat Zine A piece of mine is here

June 10th 2011: Proxart Magazine: Interview

The Artfuls; Freelance Feature; Kira Leigh

April 2011: Domestic Etch:Feature

April 22nd 2011: MIND BIT; Interview with Kira Leigh

March 2011: Zouch Magazine; Obscure Art: Kira Leigh

March 13th 2011: Beata Chrzanowska; Interview With Kira Leigh

March 8th 2011: Eat Sleep Draw Magazine; Issue 7



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