Christa Myburgh

Leila Fanner | Ceremony for the Soul

Presenting a series of paintings imbued with vivid colors abstract motions and delicate details, Leila Fanner is featured as September’s invited artist for Eclectica Collection. For Leila, painting becomes a meditation in an external sense, and a way of incorporating vistas of this world and others. Central to her body of work and seen in others that have come before, is the depiction of a single feminine form. The figurative presence in her work elaborates on notions of sentience, with each creation existing as a guide or an explorer-companion. The figures presented seem to be a mythical and metaphorical imagining of being immersed in the natural world while experiencing ties to the ephemeral.

As an artist who has explored both lucid abstraction and immaculately detailed figurative work, this selection of paintings makes a strong case for progression towards a middle-ground. With intently formed imagery that alludes to memories, imaginings and storytelling, the loosely constructed figures leave room for interpretation and hold space for personal understandings and perspectives.

Throughout the works, symbols and narratives circulate through each piece creating an elaborate tale with exuberant tones and illuminating imagery that converse on the traversing of our realms of consciousness and existence. The works are evocative and intricate, calling for self-reflection and a moment of quiet absorption. The use of patterns and vivid colouration in her garments come intuitively, as she gives form to the idea of being surrounded by, and part of, the intricate energy patterns of life. Objects such as a piece of furniture or an animal or bird are symbols of the soul’s attachments to the material realm and characteristics of the human mind.

Her creative inspiration is interwoven with dreams and personally nostalgic symbols. Using the natural world as her subject, she explores her relationship with the material realm from both a metaphysical and spiritual viewpoint. Always starting off with a clear plan in mind, Leila has mentioned that she is “often in a hurry to ‘see’” what she has imagined, beginning with a digital collage of sorts and working from there. Her method once she has started a painting is often to just let the rhythm of the process take its course, seldom referring back to the initial plan. With her last solo exhibition taking place in 2009, this body of work can be seen as the resul of years of thinking, planning, working and imagining, with notions of spirituality and mindfulness at the core of the work. In this series, she is clothed in vibrant energy that supports, protects and gives a recognizable shape to her figurative form.

Some of her work famously appeared in British Vogue 2015. Since then, Leila has exhibited widely around South Africa and specifically within the Western Cape. Her work has been featured at various art fairs in South Africa and in New York. Leila recently became one of Eclectica Galleries’s represented artists and will be featured at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair

Leila’s art is in private collections in South Africa, Germany, France, Kenya, England and the USA.

– Clare Patrick

Leila Fanner, Blessing, 2018, mixed media collage, 61.5 x 31 cm

Leila Fanner
Blessing
2018
mixed media collage
61.5 x 31 cm

Leila Fanner, Contemplation, 2018, mixed media collage, 61.5 x 31 cm

Leila Fanner
Contemplation
2018
mixed media collage
61.5 x 31 cm

Leila Fanner, Gratitude, 2018, mixed media collage, 53 x 28 cm

Leila Fanner
Gratitude
2018
mixed media collage
53 x 28 cm

Leila Fanner Return To Self 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 101 x 121cm

Leila Fanner
Return To Self
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
101 x 121 cm
SOLD

Leila Fanner Awakening 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 101 x 121cm

Leila Fanner
Awakening
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
101 x 121 cm
SOLD

Leila Fanner Return To Innocence 2018 Oil and oil pastel on canvas 160 x 120 cm

Leila Fanner
Return To Innocence
2018
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
160 x 120 cm

Leila Fanner Flowers For The Feast 2018 Oil and oil pastel on canvas 160 x 120 cm

Leila Fanner
Flowers For The Feast
2018
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
160 x 120 cm

Leila Fanner Meeting the Spirit Guide 2018 Oil and oil pastel on canvas 120 x 160 cm

Leila Fanner
Meeting the Spirit Guide
2018
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
120 x 160 cm

Leila Fanner Innermost 2018 Oil and pastel on canvas 101.5 x 102 cm

Leila Fanner
Innermost
2018
Oil and pastel on canvas
101.5 x 102 cm

Leila Fanner Ceremony I 2018 Oil and oil pastel on canvas 100 x 95 cm

Leila Fanner
Full Moon Ceremony I
2018
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
100 x 95 cm
SOLD

Leila Fanner After the Dance 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 125 x 122 cm

Leila Fanner
After the Dance
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
125 x 122 cm

Leila Fanner Pearl’s Dress 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 125 x 122 cm

Leila Fanner
Pearl’s Dress
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
125 x 122 cm

Leila Fanner Soul’s Journey 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 101.5 x 122 cm

Leila Fanner
Soul’s Journey
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
101.5 x 122 cm

Leila Fanner Lobola 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 100 x 120 cm

Leila Fanner
Lobola
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
100 x 120 cm

Leila Fanner A Lightness of Being 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 123.5 x 124 cm

Leila Fanner
A Lightness of Being
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
123.5 x 124 cm

Leila Fanner Caverns of Light III 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 33 x 33 cm
Leila Fanner Caverns of Light IV 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 33 x 33 cm

Leila Fanner
Caverns of Light (series)
2018
Oil and oil pastel on wood
33 x 33 cm

Leila Fanner Caverns of Light III 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 33 x 33 cm
Leila Fanner Entering the Sanctuary 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 33 x 33 cm

Leila Fanner
Tears Of Joy
2018
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
148 x 95 cm
SOLD

Leila Fanner Tears Of Joy 2018 Oil and oil pastel on canvas 148 x 95 cm

Leila Fanner
Tears Of Joy
2018
Oil and oil pastel on canvas
148 x 95 cm

Leila Fanner Ceremony 1 2017 Oil and oil pastel on wood 29.5 x 34 cm

Leila Fanner
Ceremony 1
2017
Oil and oil pastel on wood
29.5 x 34 cm

Leila Fanner After Party Series, Pink Chiffon 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 32 x 32 cm

Leila Fanner
Ceremony 1
2017
Oil and oil pastel on wood
29.5 x 34 cm

Leila Fanner Burning the Diaries 2018 Oil and pastel on canvas 101 x 101 cm

Leila Fanner
Burning the Diaries
2018
Oil and pastel on canvas
101 x 101 cm

Leila Fanner After Party Series, Sticky Tar 2018 Oil and oil pastel on wood 32 x 32 cm

Leila Fanner
Ceremony 1
2017
Oil and oil pastel on wood
29.5 x 34 cm

First Thursday – 06/09/2018

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