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November 1, 2019
A series that explores the close, symbiotic bond between birds and trees.
Following the Budgerigar series, which also became her first solo exhibition in Australia, photographic artist Leila Jeffreys presents a new collection of colorful portraits and photos centered around the budgerigar, or the parakeet. High Society features a series of large-format photos as well as a three-panel video art piece.
Sydney Morning Herald
By Neha Kale
October 11, 2019
For Leila Jeffreys, emotional connection isn’t reserved for humans. It’s a currency that flows between creatures who share the natural world. The artist, 47, has spent the last decade taking portraits of birds, affording her avian subjects a dignity and complexity that’s as rare as it is visually distinctive. She once met a bird called Seisa, a palm cockatoo with a red cheek patch, crowned with a jaunty thatch of black feathers. The encounter changed her for good.
Artist Profile (artistprofile.com.au)
By Bella Chidlow
In her first Australian solo exhibition in five years, 'High Society', Leila Jeffreys explores new territory. Releasing over 300 budgerigars into her studio, Jeffreys has documented this 'society' through still photography and video art.
19 October 2019
Leila Jeffreys’ ethereal images required 300 budgies, 20kg of birdseed and painting the birds’ toenails
Jeffreys, 47, has made a career photographing birds. But her work is a far cry from nature photography. She shoots the animals, often sourced from wildlife rescue centres, zoos or individual homes in a studio, creating human-style portraits of black cockatoos, tawny owls, pink pigeons and golden finches.
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.
Leila Jeffreys started photographing birds in 2008. In this series she takes the birds out of their natural habitat, and by stripping the environment back to the bare minimum and using neutral backgrounds she shows the intricacy and beauty of the feathered creatures. Her latest exhibition, High Society, is on at the the Olsen Gallery, Woollahra, Sydney from 16 October until 9 November
May 20, 2019
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
Bettina Zilkha Contributor
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
The Design Files | Art
January 15, 2019
The art world has been, and sadly continues to be, a man’s. This isn’t a feisty feminist generalisation, but a well-documented case across the globe. And from representation to remuneration, Australia is no exception.
Championing the progress that has being made, here we highlight seven women artists making their mark on Australia’s creative landscape.
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.
ZQ 23 JOURNAL
vol 2, 2018
Interview with Leila Jeffreys
By Carole Reed
August 20, 2018
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.
Vogue Living | Interiors
28 May, 2018
A famous photograph of a fine-feathered Australian institution inspired the palette and the attitude of this classic Adelaidian sandstone cottage
Posted by Kelli Delaney
July 19, 2018
“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 immediatly 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.”
The Design Files
November 2, 2017
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!
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The Sydney Morning Herald
January 7, 2017
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
Words by Lucy Munro
20 October 2017
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.
28 October 2017
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.
A Shaded View on Fashion.com
Text by Valerie McPhail
22 October 2017
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...
28 February 2018
Photographer Leila Jeffreys doesn’t just take stunning photographs of beautiful birds, she captures their unique personalities revealing the different ways in which each one is a superbirb...
20 October 2017
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.
Story Anna Christensen
27 October 2017
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.
High Heel Jungle
26 October 2017
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.
The Design Files
Friday 29th August 2014
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.
Journal du design, France
24 October 2017
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.