Leila Jeffreys is an acclaimed Australian contemporary artist. She is best known for visceral and mysterious images of birds that explore and subvert the traditions of portraiture. Her avian subjects are photographed at human scale with a startling attention to colour, line, form and composition.
Leila collaborates with conservationists, ornithologists and sanctuaries around the world to find her subjects before forging an intimate relationship with the birds that she photographs in her studio. Through Jeffreys’ gaze, seemingly minor details such as the shape of a cockatoo’s beak, the rise and fall of a budgerigar’s plumage and the curious expression that flits across the face of a hawk are freighted with meaning.
Leila has exhibited in galleries around the globe, most recently and most ambitiously being her solo show ‘High Society’ which was exhibited in the Olsen Gallery in Sydney and Olsen Gruin in New York. In addition to her exhibitions Leila has published an award winning book ‘Birdland’ and has featured in many publications including The Guardian, Vogue, Australia Geographic, Harpers Bazaar and many more. Jeffreys’ work attracts many high-profile collectors and is held in major Australian and international collections including Artbank Sydney, the Macquarie Bank Group Collection, Western Australian Museum and the Museum of Photography in Seoul.