Published by Atelier EXB 2020
Essay by Guilhem Lesaffre 
96 pages,  47 colour illustrations .
Available from Purdy Hicks Gallery  (please see Publications page)

Cultivating the art of waiting, Leila Jeffreys has created a gallery of whimsical and hyper-realist portraits where all the birds come attired in their most beautiful finery with sumptuous plumage.  One by one, they let their character shine through: graceful, mischievous, shy, proud, timid, poseur, all of which seem to want to chat to the viewer. Her practice underlines how humans anthropomorphize animals and what we really do share. 


This publication is part of the Des oiseaux (On birds) collection celebrating, through the vision of different artists, their immense presence in a world where they are now vulnerable. Accompanying these photographs, the ornithologist Guilhem Lesaffre has written a special essay. 









18 June 2020