About the Artist
Everything I paint comes from the depths of my psyche. Having experienced severe trauma growing up and in my past marriage, I now seek to dispel the darkness and transform it into a thing of beauty. As an adopted child who has always felt the separation from her biological parents, I explore themes of childhood, motherhood, and family. My paintings are either truthful representations of myself or scenes depicting my imaginary life with my blood relations. How different would I be had they never left me? Layer after layer of acrylic paint, I uncover this reality and the complexity of my emotions. Through art I have learned how to accept myself and heal. The women I paint are full-figured and imperfect, but beautiful nevertheless. Just like me. I bear a message for all those who carry the burden of shame and the scars of domestic violence, suicide, and mental health illnesses. I want to say to them that there is hope; that they can turn their life around, just like I have.
Articles and Interviews
Grace Lila has received a great deal of press coverage for her solo work and multiple collaborations. Read through the latest articles and mentions about her work below and scroll down for collateral materials.
New York Art Guide Press Release
Australian artist Grace Lila paints self-portraits and domestic scenes that explore themes of family, childhood, and body image. Mirroring the complexity of her emotions, she applies layer after layer of acrylic paint and charcoal, using paintbrushes, but also different objects like wooden sticks and bits of wire. As an adopted child, Lila has always felt the pangs of separation from her biological family, even more so after the suicide of her adoptive father. When she later reunited with her birth parents, she learned she had two sisters and four brothers and came from a long line of Dutch painters. “Genetics come through,” she says jokingly.
Lila seeks to rebuild the umbilical cord that was so abruptly severed in her infancy. As such, she constructs the imaginary life she has never had: her mother’s caresses, an afternoon by the pool with her siblings, a girl flying a kite by the beach. Yet there is always a shadow over the idyll. The children have dark rings around their deep-seated eyes, signifying that the scars of the past cannot be entirely effaced. Lila has survived domestic violence, mental illness, suicide attempts, and even a house fire. Like a Phoenix, she has risen from the ashes of her battered self, becoming a voice of inspiration for all those who suffer, a mission she also undertakes in her work as a counselor. “Facing the sun is a choice” she muses “A sunflower makes every day.”
Agora Gallery New York City USA Represented Artist
Finalist Petite Pieces 2021, Paddington, Queensland, Australia
2 x Finalist Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Awards, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Finalist The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder Art Prize 2021, Goldfields Arts Centre, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Brisbane Portrait Prize 2020
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Solo and Group
grace lila has exhibited both at home and abroad. Her work has appeared in both group and solo settings and has received a great deal of critical praise.
Stand Still Exhibition
23rd April - 8th May 2021
Collective Exhibition GRACE LILA
April 1 – April 21, 2022
Reception: Thursday, April 7, 2022 6-8 PM
The Private Collection
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