Leila Byron is a gifted storyteller, creating both real and
imagined depictions of society through her art. Leila’s ability
to capture an audience’s imagination through her individual
style is refreshing – helping shape people’s social and
cultural views of modern life.
Narrating through multiple figures on one canvas, Leila uses
thick oil paint and bright colours, to create powerful and
Travelling to new and distant locations, Leila aims to find
intriguing stories, which demonstrate the diversity of the
Her latest exhibition As I Listened to the Sounds of an
Upstream Current, is a series of paintings made about a
community of factory workers in RI and MA, whose individuals
are originally from Central America.
Creating depictions of different community members such as
human rights activists, mothers, fish factory workers, and
traditional textile artists, Leila’s diverse stories evoke
emotion and intrigue with every brushstroke.
Hoping to make their individual stories visible to different
cultures, Leila explores questions relating to how we are all
connected as a community and the universality of human dreams.
Incorporating times of violence alongside joyous occasions,
describing their jobs, their ambitions, and their lives, her
latest exhibition hopes to bring the audience closer to the
outside world, than ever before.
The exhibition takes place from 21 August – 24 September 2017
at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University.
Adrian and the Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, by Lelia
Byron, oil on canvas, 168 x 137 cm, 2016.
Fish Cleaners: Rosa and Ruth, by Lelia Byron, oil on canvas,
168 x 137 cm, 2016.
Luis Supervising the Farm, by Lelia Byron, oil on canvas, 168 x
137 cm, 2017.
Camilo and His Daughter, by Lelia Byron, oil on canvas, 168 x
137 cm, 2017.