Leila Rose’s oeuvre despite repetitive displays and manoeuvres minute alteration in every painting. These alterations are meditative and gestural. The black female figure that repeats in her representations is the protaganots. It could be a self-portrait or a permanent figment of her subconscious psyche. More importantly, the drapery or the backdrop is covered with floral motifs that are exotic and ideate a purpose of belonging to the native.
Leila graduated from the JHB National School of the Arts in Johannesburg in 1993. Fortunately, in the same year, she displayed her works at the first exhibition. Her artworks have been published in Vogue Gallery, SA Art Times and Harlem Fine Arts Magazine. At the same time, fetching a renowned name internationally, her works are a part of several reputed collections which include countries like South Africa, Germany, France, Kenya, England, Ireland and the USA. She regularly exhibits at the Harlem Fine Art Show.
Painting in an intuitive manner, the reclining female figures are modern and bold. Several historical movements appear to show a reflection in her practice. She has been majorly influenced by Charles Rennie Mackintos, Gustav Klimt and Alfons Mucha. Capturing the emotive aspect in her paintings, the female is draped in shimmering fabric with decorative elements that add a dimension of charisma. Guided in allegorical elements, the paintings augment a path towards sheer abstraction. Dramatically and metaphysically, the mysterious figure is relaxed, poised and at ease with her utopian world.
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