Kim Carpenter has lent his talents to a new exhibition celebrating some of Australia and the world's most prominent gay 'icons'.
The celebrated artist and theatre set and costume designer has contributed five paintings to the group exhibition, which will be at Maunsell Wickes Gallery in Paddington from February 17-March 5.
The exhibition celebrates Sydney WorldPride, which runs from February 18-March 5.
In his contributions to the exhibition, Kim said he had imagined "a streetscape full of gay icons who shine brightly over and beyond their sexuality".
Identities featured in the artworks include artists David Hockney and Andy Warhol; entertainers Boy George, Hannah Gadsby and Peter Allen; writers James Baldwin and Gertrude Stein; sporting heroes Billie Jean King and Ian Thorpe and storybook characters Dorothy and Noddy and Big Ears.
Kim said as a long term supporter of gay rights, he had been honoured to be asked to contribute to the exhibition.
"I have enjoyed placing a cross-section of known gay personalities in a surreal and quirky streetscape who are in most cases recognisable - although some will be more identifiable according to the tastes of the viewer - and what country they come from," he said.
The exhibition will also feature photography, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and textiles by artists William Yang, Phil Drummond, Carlotta, Robert Brain, William Eicholtz, Peter James, Mike Jeff Ceramics, Mickey Mason, Kirsten Fredericks and Bern Emmerichs.
The gallery is located at 19 Glenmore Road, Paddington and is open from 11am-5:30pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12-5pm Sundays.
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