About Leila Jeffreys

Leila Jeffreys is an Australian based bird portrait artist and photographer. Her works feature large scale studies of birds ranging from tiny songbirds, to wild Cockatoos and birds of prey - eagles, owls, hawkes, kestrals, vultures. Thanks to her very adventurous parents – photographic artist, birdwatcher, and environmentalist – Leila Jeffreys grew up surrounded by wildlife in Australia and overseas. They ignited a love of nature and a passion for conservation that have influenced her photographic work.


Fuelled by a fascination with the natural world, Jeffreys sees and senses the lives of birds around her. With each work Jeffreys immerses herself into the birds' world and uses classical portraiture artistry to show the viewer a disparate and entrancing world.

Leila Jeffreys launched her sixth solo exhibition Ornithurae at Olsen Gruin Gallery, New York in 2017. This followed a succession of major exhibitions featuring her signature large format portraits of birds that includes Budgerigars, Cockatoos and Birds of Prey.  In Ornithurae, Jeffreys has focused her gaze upon the modest Pigeon, elevating the character and beauty of each individual bird and the species as a whole.

Jeffreys has been an exhibiting artist with Olsen Gallery since 2012. Her works are found in private collections nationally and internationally. She has published a major illustrated art book entitled Birdland (launched at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra) and has exhibited in London, Hong Kong, New York and Sydney.

“Through a unique combination of technical skill, ingenuity, patience and empathy, Leila creates objects of art that are luxurious visual pleasures in themselves. By abstracting her subjects from their accustomed context, she demands focus on form, composition and colour. Stark and warm, objective and celebratory at the same time, her photographs not only enhance our personal surroundings by their own decorative presence, but expand our joyous understanding of the world we inhabit, yes customarily see so incompletely in the short time allowed to us.”

– Dr Sarah Engledow, Historian (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia)