Grace Lila | Agora Gallery Represented Artist

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GRACE L I L A

530 West 25th Street, New York, NY


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.


V I E W G R A C E L I L A O N A G O R A G A L L E RY


Attachment, 2020 Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 4 5 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Miss C De Rella, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas 40” x 30” $ 4 4 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Blue, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 10” x 8” $ 1 1 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


WTF Women That Feel, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas 30” x 30” $ 3 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


She’s Walking, 2019 Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas 24” x 24” $ 3 0 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Persecution, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 4 5 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Connected in Comfort, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 24” $ 3 0 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Say Cheese, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 30” x 40” $ 4 4 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


In My Genes, diptych, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas 8” x 12”

$ 1 2 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Lost and Found, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 20” $ 2 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Slaughterhouse, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 36” x 36” $ 4 5 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Ladle of Apples, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 30” $ 3 4 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Window Shopping, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 48”

$ 4 5 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Tunnels, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 48”

$ 4 5 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Teacup, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas 30” x 40” $ 4 4 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


Petals for Breakfast, 2021 Acrylic on Canvas 24” x 24” $ 3 0 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


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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