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Leila Godden UA is a member of the United Society of Artists and the Free Painters and Sculptors, both long established London societies, and a Director of Chalk Gallery, Lewes.

Artist Statement

Leila’s paintings aim to evoke feelings and experiences personal to the viewer. Beyond words, but sensed and understood.

Her source of inspiration is her connection with the sea. The vast panorama of changing light, dramatic weather and powerful water, framed by rocks solid with history, yet transient with time and the rhythm of the earth. The minutiae of rock pools juxtaposed against the expansive sweep of sea and sky. Here, she feels a completeness incorporating time and space, stillness and movement. This is the strata of memory laid down in her.

Her paintings seek to recreate this connection, by distilling something essential about what it is to be part of this ever changing, ever the same, timeless phenomenon.

Each piece starts with something that resonates, perhaps a glimpse of the play of light as water cascades over a rock, a moody horizon or, less tangible, the feeling of a painting which needs to be expressed.

The paintings evolve through a process of improvisation where artist interacts with materials, leading and following as marks are made and layers are unveiled. The call for her to be present to inflections and nuances that emerge through the act of patient observation and contemplation, creates an “inscape”. This embodies the idea that the inner world and the outer world meet in the consciousness of an individual, and into this space a person will project their own uniqueness. The painting becomes a threshold in a dialogue between inner and outer. Beyond words, but sensed and understood.

Leila prefers a water based medium, which also has substance and sculptural qualities when required. Acrylic paint is her medium of choice, which responds well to working in layers, pouring and flowing freely as water is applied in various ways, allowing the pigments to interact. Over the years she has chosen to limit her palette, to create harmony and a sense of continuity, while fundamentally corresponding to the subject matter.

She aims for continual development of ideas and exploration of techniques, nurturing the concept of improvisation. Her goal is to create paintings which capture both the essence of the chosen subject and herself, as the artist.

Leila is a member of the Free Painters and Sculptors (FPS) and the United Society of Artists (UA), both long established London societies, and Pure Arts Group as well as a Director of artist-run Chalk Gallery, in Lewes, East Sussex. Her paintings are in private collections internationally.