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Leonie Rhodes is an established, acquired and award-winning artist from South London, now working from Meanjin (BNE) on unceeded Jagera and Turrbal land. Leonie studied Fine art Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art London and Figurative sculpture at the New York Studio School, NY.

Primarily a sculptor, Leonie produces fine, street art portraiture in Bronze. Influenced by the figurative and religious history of art, graffiti and underground counter-culture, Leonie also makes paintings, performance pieces, events and public participatory installations.

Practical skills, community, collaboration and care are central to Leonie’s diverse practice.

Leonie DJ’s and produces events as an alter ego, a naughty cat called ‘Boom Boom Bean Selecta’.


2020 SWELL ARTWORK – Boom Boom’s Boom Box – An Interactive Self-Portrait Environment, Leonie Rhodes

DJ Boom Boom Bean Selecta (BBBS) is a feline avatar for artist Leonie Rhodes. This mischievous, misfit, music making cat character loves to help people come together and dance. Boom Boom’s favourite things are basslines, friends, sound systems and the outdoors!. You are invited to play your favourite song through the speakers and to write a message to a person or creature who you love, who might not always fit in, because in the end the coolest cats are the strangest kittens.


Instagram: @leonierhodes

Website: www.leonierhodes.com

Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.