Bendigo based Leo Coyte has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (1999) and has held solo exhibitions since 2008 in Sydney, Melbourne and Broken Hill Regional Gallery. His work has been included in group exhibitions internationally in London and California, and nationally in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Bendigo, Bathurst, Hazelhurst, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo and the Gold Coast. Coyte has held residencies at the Sydney Guild (2013), Any Space/Serial Space (2010), Fraser Street Studios (2010) and First Draft Emerging Artist Studio Program (2008). He was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Research Award (2000-02) and has been a finalist in the Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery (2020), the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery (2019), the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery (2016), the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2016, 2013), the John Fries Award, UNSW Galleries, Sydney (2015), the Hazelhurst Art Award, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (2015, 2013, 2009), the Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2014) and the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, Brett Whiteley Studio, Sydney (2001). Coyte has been featured in Art Guide Australia, Vault, the Art Life, Belle Magazine and was commissioned to create the cover art for Artbank’s Sturgeon Magazine (issue 5, 2016). His work is in the collections of Artbank, the University of Queensland Art Museum and the University of Sydney.
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9 TO 27 SEPTEMBER 2020
"Bendigo based artist Leo Coyte will show a new body of work entitled 'Shelter' at Nicholas Thompson Gallery, his third
exhibition with the Melbourne gallery. Coyte has quickly developed a following for his visually complex paintings that meld abstraction and figuration with a post-pop post-punk sensibility. As Coyte explains: “Vivid colour, dark humour and macabre subject matter combine to form an idiosyncratic visual language that cycles through my everyday encounters and
recollections – a marking of time, place and accumulated sensation. I draw on those typical nervous tensions and anxieties almost all of us feel in some way or another, those feelings that are so often reflected in the choices we make to navigate our way through life. I enjoy the inherent immediacy of painting; the use of a shallow picture plane and frontal figure-ground relationship provides me with a simple stage to play out any manner of psychic tableaux.” Coyte has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (1999) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, and has held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne since 2008. His work is held in the collections of Artbank, the University of Queensland Art Museum and the University of Sydney. Coyte will show at Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne, from September 9 to 27, 2020."
Alison Kubler 'Upfront: News and Previews' in Vault, issue 31, p 24
15 AUGUST TO 2 SEPTEMBER 2018
In Seasons Leo Coyte’s idiosyncratic visual language continues to cycle through everyday encounters and subconscious recollections. The directness of a shallow picture plane and frontal figure-ground relationship provides Coyte with a simple yet sophisticated stage to play-out a series of psychic tableaux.
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LEO COYTE FINALIST IN THE PAUL GUEST PRIZE 2020 AT BENDIGO ART GALLERY
Leo Coyte is a finalist in the Paul Guest Prize 2020 at Bendigo Art Gallery with his work ‘All in a heap (Bumpheads Surrender)’ The Paul Guest Prize is an award and exhibition held biennially that highlights contemporary drawing practice in Australia. The Prize was initiated by former Family Court Judge and Olympic rower, The…
LEO COYTE EXHIBITION PREVIEWED IN ‘VAULT’ ISSUE 31, 2020 P 24
“Bendigo based artist Leo Coyte will show a new body of work entitled ‘Shelter’ at Nicholas Thompson Gallery, his third exhibition with the Melbourne gallery. Coyte has quickly developed a following for his visually complex paintings that meld abstraction and figuration with a post-pop post-punk sensibility. As Coyte explains: “Vivid colour, dark humour and macabre subject…
LEO COYTE IS A FINALIST IN THE ARTHUR GUY MEMORIAL PAINTING PRIZE 2019 AT BENDIGO ART GALLERY
Leo Coyte ‘The Gatekeeper’ 2019 oil on canvas 135 x 99.5 cm Exhibition current 14 September to 8 December 2019
LEO COYTE INTERVIEWED BY VARIA KARIPOFF IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2016 EDITION OF ART GUIDE AUSTRALIA
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