Leila Jeffreys’ new photographic installation of native Australian cockatoos is simply captivating!!

Each bird assumes a human quality, the images revealing distinct personalities, & shown collectively, the works resemble a contemporary take on a Victorian portrait gallery.

The new body of work follows her earlier exhibition – a wonderful study of budgerigars, exhibited at Sydney’s Iain Dawson Gallery in late 2010. Jeffreys’ budgie series went on the become a huge success at the Hong Kong Art Fair.

EARLIER POST ON LEILA JEFFREYS  - here (see selected works)

Read about Leila in her own words:

My Father was from the Isle of Man. My mother is from India. My brother was born in Australia an I was born in Papua New Guinea. the four of had many wonderful adventures. we spent time living in a house boat in picturesque Kashmir despite the war. In papua New Guinea we took care of Albert the orphaned possum. In India we lived in a small village where we were surrounded by monkeys, mongoose and buffaloes. I remember school excursions in India by sittin by the river studying king fishers diving for their dinner and every day we would check in on our giant spider that lived in the school room,

In Australia, Dad and I often rescued birds and wildlife before nursing them back to health. There were magical times and I still love travel, wildlife and photography. I live in Sydney with my husband, my son and our cat Chairman Meow. My brother and mother live in Sydney too and I dedicate my photos to my late father Richard who loved the planet and all its incredible animals and life.

IMAGES (c) Leila Jeffreys C-type photograph on archival fibre-based cotton rag paper, edition of 12. Courtesy: the artist a// Tim Olsen Gallery, Sydney

TIM OLSEN GALLERY – Sydney, November 7 – 25, 2012

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