Leila Jeffreys garnered an immediate following as a photographic artist with the hugely poplar portrait series of Budgerigars in her debut solo exhibition – capturing each personality in a manner that anchored viewer to subject.
When seen collectively, the images resemble a Victorian portrait gallery with each image belying the bold, brave, regal or shy nature of each bird.
Joining the stellar stable at Sydney’s OLSEN IRWIN GALLERY her next body of work showcased the breadth of Native Australian Cockatoos. The widely acclaimed installation revealed the colour, beauty and personality of each bird, making the exhibition a clear favourite with all attendees.
Having travelled widely with family whilst growing up, her father imbued a love of wild life that lead to Jeffreys to hone her artistic niche by going on to study photography prior to embarking on a career in fine art.
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“Prey is a celebration of what makes Australia special and is a reminder that one of our biggest assets soars in the skies above us.
These birds are the sovereigns of the skies but they are also at the mercy of misfortune.”
This third photographic series of bird portraits centres on birds of prey.
Given the nature of the birds, Jeffreys worked closely with handlers at a rescue and conservation centre in Queensland – and again aptly capturing the personality, expression and quirks of each animal.
Among the characters are Pepper, a rescued Southern Boobook Owl who despite being released continues to return to the rescue centre.
A Wedge-Tailed Eagle named Soren, who by nature commands an intimidating presence, and is used as part of a conservation programme to deter other species of birds from destroying property.
They are joined by cheeky Kestrel called Bandit (with a penchant for stealing tea bags!), and a rescued Goshawk called Trinity, a victim of habitat destruction as a result of land clearing.
OLSEN IRWIN GALLERY SYDNEY – Until September 28