‘In My Head: It’s Sunshine’ by Lesley Thiel
Artist: Lesley Thiel
Title: ‘In My Head: It’s Sunshine’
Medium: Oil on aluminium panel
Dimensions: 17.7″ x 17″
Framing: Framed (frame size: 22.7″ x 22″)
Year of Creation: 2022
About the Artwork:
“This is the first of a series I have called ‘In My Head’. In our heads, we too often look for simple answers and ignore complexity. This has become easier for many of us because we live in houses that allow us to shut out the outside world, and just look at it through our windows. But nature is all around us, and is part of us. So, whilst we may think things are a certain way, the reality is very different. I’ve tried to explain how complex the reality is by weaving branches and rocks into the landscape and figure, so that we see haw multilayered our existence is in life.” – Lesley Thiel
About the Artist:
Lesley Thiel is a self taught figurative artist known for her highly detailed photorealistic paintings. Working in oils, her pieces focus on narrative portraiture, surrealism, and magical realism. Her paintings contain imagery designed to express her thoughts on the fate of our species, and on our relationship with the earth in the face of man-made climate change. She uses the symbolism associated with plants and animals to communicate her fears for the future of life on our planet, and as a sign of hope for our collective survival. Her paintings speak of the strength of the upcoming generation of young women and girls who may well be our saviors. She questions the accepted narrative of the female voice in society and the myths attached to this.
Lesley’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including at the Museum of Modern European Art (MEAM), Barcelona; Wassau Museum of Contemporary Art; The Mall Galleries, London; The Salmagundi Club; RJD Gallery, New York; Terminal 5 Heathrow (as part of the Olympic Celebrations); Zhou B Art Center. She has received a Certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America, and multiple awards from the Art Renewal Center. Her work is part of both the Art Renewal Center Collection, and the Bennett Collection. Born in England, she now lives and works in North Carolina.