poem I

Joanna Layla

“Anthony Gormley talks about the act of drawing as ‘the alchemy of the difference between a dream and making it real’.

‘Poem’ is the epitome of the alchemy that happens in my process, when an image I feel translates onto the page still in possession of the raw feeling, energy and intention of the idea. Poem is about pure feminine strength, beauty, elegance and boldness. It is a statement of intent.

Every series starts with one image from which all the other images evolve.

This is poem.”

This artwork was uniquely created for BLEUR and exclusively sold on BLEUR.

DIMENSIONS | 42 x 59.4 cm
MEDIUM | Acrylic & Ink on Canson Cartridge paper (unframed)
AUTHENTICITY | Signed certificate of authenticity

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£250.00

Joanna Layla

ARTIST BIO
JOANNA LAYLA

Joanna Layla is an artist-illustrator whose unique style inspired by the worlds of fashion, literature and art has won her recognition in the creative industries. Shortlisted for the Prize for Illustration in 2017 and selected for PICTORIA: Best Contemporary Illustrators Worldwide 2019, she is regularly commissioned by well-known brands and institutions and has been mentioned in The Guardian for her ‘elegant graphics’.

Through her fluid lines and minimalist design, Joanna Layla’s practice explores themes of identity and self-expression through the human body as an extension of the self. Her drive to visually document beauty in the human form pushes her drawings to redefine gender through the boldness of her feminine brushstrokes, blurring the lines between accepted masculine and feminine forms.

“My drive to draw is to try to capture some beauty I see. I find beauty in the most unexpected places. I love looking at people on the train or on the crowded streets. This urgency to document something beautiful is fundamental to why I want to express myself visually.”

Through the process of emotional creation, Joanna Layla brings to life a true expression of the elusive and unconditional love in its primal state. There is an awareness of human vulnerability apparent in her work where the figurative meets the abstract to express an idea. Light, space and the horizon come together in Joanna Layla’s drawings to encapsulate a sense of freedom that guides her subconscious explorations of what it means to be human.

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Awards | Selected for PICTORIA: Best Contemporary Illustrators Worldwide, 2019; Shortlisted for the Prize for Illustration (London), 2017

Featured | Cicada Wheels, 2019; Konglomerat Berlin, 2018; The Guardian, 2016

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