Australian contemporary photographer Leila Jeffreys presents her latest nature-inspired works, ‘High Society’, the result of almost five years of planning. Having documented birds since 2008, the new exhibition revisits the world of the native Australian Budgerigar, the very subject of her first solo exhibition nine years ago. This time, Jeffrey’s worked with over 300 Budgerigars, capturing them in her signature large-format portraits and also experimenting with photographing whole flocks of birds and smaller groups within those flocks. “By presenting the birds en masse in a series of trees, I explore how nature exists in relation to humankind. The focus shifts from the individual and is instead concentrated on the flock as a single living organism,” explains Jeffreys. The concept first occurred to Jeffreys when she noticed how a flock of native Australian Budgerigars resemble leaves when perched in a tree. On looking closer, the artist noticed individuals, couples and families, that she interpreted as a secret ‘High Society’. Applying her acclaimed empathetic artistic vision and intuitive approach, Jeffrey’s went on to capture a vivid sense of personality in her subjects. Each work forges an emotional and sympathetic bond with birds and audience as she establishes parallels between the ‘flock’ and our human concept of ‘community’. Overall, the exhibition is a commentary on our need to preserve wildlife societies and their homes.
The bird whisperer: Leila Jeffreys, the artist who turned an ‘obsession’ with animals into evocative art
Artist Leila Jeffrey likes nothing better than getting up close and personal with birds, and the results are photographic portraits that are works of art.
Q: Tell us about your incredible bird portraits.
A: I was obsessed with animals, including birds, from childhood. As an artist, I want to showcase the magic, beauty and individual characters of Australian birdlife. I photograph human-style portraits of birds and I print the works at human size.
I hold exhibitions every couple of years through my different galleries but I haven’t exhibited in Australia for five years… read full article online
The Watermill Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with TIME BOMB, A Creative Explosion
Bettina Zilkha Contributor FORBES, August 2018 The Watermill Center held its 25th Annual Gala, TIME BOMB, at its headquarters Saturday night. Presented by Van Cleef & Arpels and honoring the late Pierre Berge, the aptly named evening featured an explosion of creativity. Over 1,000 guests strolled through the site, where the colorful theme, in tribute to Berge and the Jardins Majorelle, abounded. The evening raised $2.2 million for the center… read full article online
Championing the progress that has being made, here we highlight seven women artists making their mark on Australia’s creative landscape.
Leila Jeffreys [extract] Another lens-lady worthy of highlighting, and one who we have followed enthusiastically over the years is Sydney-based Leila Jeffreys. From introducing us to the incredible story of Penguin Bloom (see Leila photographing Penguin below) to highlighting endangered bird species through the astounding exhibitions and books she pours her heart into, Leila has become an unofficial poster girl for native Australian bird life.
A portfolio by Leila Jeffreys
ZQ 23 JOURNAL vol 2, 2018
Interview with Leila Jeffreys
Southampton Welcomes Fine Art Photographer Leila Jeffreys
Conservationist, world traveller and fine art photographer, Leila Jeffreys, grew up in Perth, Australia. She experienced all the boundless travel and exposure to exotic wildlife required for an artist with her particular level of visual acuity. Among the many celebrities, who have taken her under their wing, Jonathan Adler, smartly featured the work of this emerging artist in 20 North American stores in 2010. As both a curator and interior designer, I adore the clean graphic quality of her work, and appreciate the memorable, emotional charge her subjects emit to their viewers.
House tour: the colourful reawakening of an Adelaide Federation home
A famous photograph of a fine-feathered Australian institution inspired the palette and the attitude of this classic Adelaidian sandstone cottage
Photographer Leila Jeffries Exhibits Exotic Wildlife Works In New Salon Series
“I was walking down 5th Ave one evening and in the window of Bergdorfs was the most magical display of a photographers work with brightly festooned mannequins I had ever seen,” shares Carole Reed. “Searching up the artist immediatley I suddenly found myself obsessed by these bird portraits on Instagram, then they appeared behind the shoulder of Brooke Shields in a recent InStyle shoot, it seemed they were everywhere. As both a curator and interior designer I adore the clean graphic quality of her work while also appreciating the memorable emotional charge her subjects emit to their viewers.”
Last month, we previewed art photographer Leila Jeffreys‘ acclaimed solo exhibition in New York City, ‘Ornithurae’. While we were all blown away by Leila’s spectacular, personality-exuding bird portraits, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see the show in person!
Step inside the world of extraordinary bird photographer Leila Jeffreys
The Sydney Morning Herald, Mark Dapin Jeffreys' talent is creating large-scale portrait photographs of birds, and making her subjects appear as complex and characterful as human beings.... read full article
Sydney-based artist, photographer and environmentalist Leila Jeffreysis well known for her striking portraits of native birds, and we’ve been lucky enough to cover a number of her projects over the years.
Calling all twitchers – the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count is happening again this month! With the scent of Spring in the air, there’s never been a better excuse to dust off those binoculars and get outside to ogle the amazing assortment of life circling our skies. To celebrate this great event and the glory of birds in general, we caught up with the amazing Leila Jeffreys.
Taronga Zoo is getting a photo exhibition dedicated to Aussie birds
Theaureview.com, Amy Bryant
Taronga Zoo is shifting into a space of contemporary art, offering a wild lens into the relationship humans have with birds through an outdoor photo exhibition. QBE Muse @ Taronga is the stunning photographic work of artist and wildlife advocate, Leila Jemarks.
Arriving to the Olsen Gruin, for the opening reception of Leila Jeffreys’ “Ornithurae Volume 1,” I opened the door to the sound of birds chirping, and smiled. As I walked the gallery, a location characteristically austere in appearance, the portraits of birds transformed the space into a sanctuary...
The exhibition showcases 10 prints (2m by 1.5m) of Jeffreys’ detailed bird portraits across the Sydney Harbourside site in the first edition of the “Muse” project. One of the photographs is of the zoo’s regent honeyeater, which is on the Taronga Zoo’s published list of 10 Legacy Species, all of which are at a grave risk of extinction.
Flights of Fancy - Leila Jeffreys and her feathered friends
Sunday Times. Story Anna Christensen
In a gallery in the gritty maze of Manhattan's Lower East Side, the usual celebrity suspects are swooping in. But they're gazing at a flock of birds even more beautiful than they are.
Artist Spotlight: Leila Jeffreys, An Uncommon Bird
High Heel by Kathryn Eisman
I remember the first time I saw Leila Jeffreys work. I was strolling through Jonathan Adler’s store in West Hollywood and hanging large and luminously on the wall was a photograph of a budgerigar. Dignified and poised, his plume of green feathers an explosion of color and a true celebration of nature at it’s most magnificent. I had never seen a bird photographed in such a regal, almost humanlike pose; as if he had arrived at his portrait session determined to be captured in all his glory.
Oh my. Today's interview is truly one of the most wonderful, though provoking profiles we have shared... hands down one of my absolute favourites. Incredible Sydney based wildlife photographer Leila Jeffreys answered all our questions in the most generous, thoughtful and candid way - both Lisa and I have been completely transfixed by her responses.
Ornithurae, série photographique d’oiseaux colorés par Leila Jeffreys
Leila Jeffreys est une photographe qui vit et travaille à Sydney, elle voue une véritable passion pour la faune et en particulier les oiseaux colorés. Leila se spécialise donc dans la photographie de ses amis à plume et signe une série de portraits mettant en exergue la beauté singulière de chacun de ces oiseaux.