New collections of artworks:
Fruit of Wisdom
These artworks display the philosophical contemplation of the artist on the theme of the origin of femininity. Pomegranates, persimmons, quinces and figs are very important fruits in the Caucasus (where Leyla is originally from), and they have been loved since ancient times. The apple is associated with knowledge, as in the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. For the artist, the fruits in these paintings symbolise wisdom and her own inner spirit, and they are associated with the concepts of love and eternal life; the tree in the paintings is a symbol of development and striving, and at the same time, it symbolises a strong foundation of traditions.
In the Realm of Dreams
This series of works is a fusion of what I observe in the world around me, my dreams and the ideas that were formed within me during my travels in Azerbaijan. Some of the paintings are inspired by the Sheki Khan Palace. The various patterns and paintings on the walls and ceilings are not only simple decorations, but meaningful symbols and reminders of historical significance, which make me think and fantasize. I was inspired by Hussein Khan, who was the ruler of Sheki; reportedly, he was a wise, honourable ruler and poet, who quite notably only had one beloved wife. I imagined her walking around the palace, and as she stepped into a room, the various illustrations sprang to life, greeting her and telling her stories of they lands. It is her secret – kept, guarded and cared for by her alone. The paintings in my Sheki collection are various scenes depicting her exchanges with the murals, and how when, another observer walks into the room, the illustrations fall promptly into place, or materialise as a quick disguise. One such mural was that of a dragon regurgitating flowers – a symbol of the nobility of the Khan, which I displayed in my work The Dragon. Moreover, the girl holding the scarlet Kalaghai – a silk scarf decorated with traditional patterns, the production of which Sheki is renowned for – represents love and wisdom. Furthermore, in the work The Secret, the murals of pomegranate trees with bright fruits signify abundance and propagation. In my paintings, I wanted to emphasise the phantasmagorical light shining through the windows and doors, which are skilfully assembled from pieces of wood and coloured Venetian glass. The keys held by the girl in the painting The Key are the infamous keys to the Ganja gates to the Shusha fortress and are stored in Baku. I painted this work during the liberation of Shusha from occupation. The storage of the aforementioned keys symbolises our historical right to this fortress. The girl is holding the key, looking from the Ganja gate of the Shusha fortress into the distance, awaiting victory.
In the beginning of the development of her artwork, Leyla was inspired by the beauty of nature. Now her art is a method of self-discovery, a unique way of showing her inner longing for change and growth, and for her liberation from the standards expected from her by others, as well as in life, and of course, it addresses the need for an honest dialogue with the audience. Her paintings have became more symbolic and philosophical.
She has lived and worked in Baku, Moscow and London and has involved in many culture-related projects, including helping to decorate the Old Inner City in with her artwork. Simultaneously, she worked on projects, and had exhibitions with several different embassies such as the British embassy, the Swedish embassy, the Dutch embassy and the Turkish embassy. Leyla has also been involved in projects and exhibitions with the United Nations and UNESCO. She takes part in social projects and has taken part in many exhibitions, both locally and overseas. Her artworks have now been exhibited in Baku, London, Dubai, France, Belgium, Luxembourg. Leyla now lives in Aberdeen, Scotland with her family. Leyla’s artwork is in private collections in Azerbaijan, UK, Portugal and other collections overseas.
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