Out/About: Leila Jeffreys’ exhibition ‘High Society’ Opens Sydney 16 October – 9 November
Liela Jeffreys’ latest exhibition, High Society, runs 16 October – 9 November at the Olsen Gallery in Sydney. Her work is inspired by nature, specifically birds and their intricate social structures and personalities. She began documenting birds through portraiture in 2008 and opened her first solo show, “Portrait of a Budgerigar”, in 2010. In addition, she has exhibited her work in public displays at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, and the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City.
She casts an eye on the delicate balance we find between nature and its inhabitants, in this case birdlife. Since her start she has worked alongside conservationists, ornithologists and bird sanctuaries.
In response to the question “What can art do for the environment?” from Art Almanac, Leila says: “A great purpose of art is to allow us to be reflective. One of the biggest problems we face these days is that we are so busy. Art can be a reminder of deeper issues and can offer us the space and time to consider these issues. It almost stops the thinking of everyday busy life and gets you to feel.”
Currently, Liela is represented by Olson Gallery, Sydney; the Olsen Gruin Gallery, New York City; and the Purdy Hicks Gallery, London. ‘High Society’ will be exhibiting in the Olsen Gruin Gallery in NYC from 13 November – 19 January, 2020.
Photos: Liela Jeffries via Olsen Gallery. 1. Candle, 2019 2. Revival, 2019 3. Coral, 2019 4. Autumn Leaves, 2019