Grace Lila

Brisbane, Australia

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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.
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ag_biography : Brisbane based Grace Lila always has the art world wondering what she is going to do next. Her works - in all forms - are highly accessible and are gaining increasing attention on the international stage. Contemporary Australian Artist Grace Lila began her professional artistic journey when she appeared on the Australian art scene in 2019. Since then, she has participated in a number of collaborative projects and has sold her work throughout the world. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Grace Lila is primarily self-taught and has her own approach to - and definition of - art. She believes in constantly taking risks and holds a belief that inspiration can be found from within herself. She typically works creating figurative images depicting states of intense emotional trauma, and contrasts this against colour filled backgrounds, which give a sense of disassociation from real life.
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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 a sunflower makes every day,“ she muses.


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