Layla Love’s art aims to illuminate our human consciousness. She captures life as a series of adventures and expeditions into the unknown, returning always with a greater sense of what it means to be human. Having been in both foreign prisons and royal palaces she has learned to employ the power of creative force to transcend. Her intention is to illuminate and reveal in the hopes of igniting a spark of activation. After studying journalism and global communications at Richmond International University in London she realized that visual imagery has the greatest impact in our modern communication process., At 21 she began a five year photojournalism tour to war torn and compromised region with a focus on the plight of women. In New York and other cities she brings her experience to gallery walls – leaving the rest to you…
Love sees a world where art changes people, and people change the world.
Fine Art Gallery Work:
Love’s photography has been exhibited worldwide including a photographic selection to the White House permanent collection in 2008. She has shown with Eric Franck Fine Art at Paris Photo, Art Basel, the MoMa sponsored AiPAD Photography Show in New York, which is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography. She has participated in over 100 photographic exhibitions with world-renowned artists such as, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Pablo Picasso, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Kara Walker. Love’s image The Fullest Bloom, was adapted individually for over 30 Tiffany & Co. Diamond Showrooms worldwide attesting to Love’s attention to detail and mastery of fine art printing.
Love has been working in the darkroom ever since she was twelve years old. She had spent the previous seven years in a wheelchair due to a rare neurological condition called Dystonia, much like Parkinson’s. During that time, she found her freedom through the lens of her camera. Photography gave her a way to participate in life and capture the movement that was so unattainable to her. Through self-reflective art therapy, in conjunction with western and natural remedies she was able to use her creative training and tenacity to circumnavigate the globe several times over. In contrast, her childhood was full of movement in that she traveled continuously and cross continentally as she has dual EU and US citizenship. Her mother believed in continuing the migration pattern of her Gypsy Pagan parents. Her father, on the other hand, comes from an extremely stable background and exposed Love to the higher echelon of conservative Washington, DC where her grandfather was the public relations director for Martin Luther King. Love dedicates her life to humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives through creative expression. Since the beginning of her career she has donated half the proceeds from of her work to nonprofits and programs supporting the environment and human condition. Love has recently brought her service through art to a new level in the launching of her own nonprofit, Rise of the Butterfly, co-founded with Gloria Steinem. The mission is to expand the reach of art as visual-aid to evoke activism in a public domain, and provide a sustainable source of funding for grassroots organizations working to help women and girls around the world rise.
- In addition to traditional fine art gallery work, Love has expanded her creative platform through collaborations with a multitude of other artists and innovators she respects. Love was honored to contribute the visuals for a fifty city tour, Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water, with activists and spoken word artists Climbing Poetree. Love has collaborated with numerous visionary artists such as Amanda Sage, Ernest Fuch, and Android Jones. She is a huge believer in fusion art and has worked with people in numerous fields including photographic work with Jane Goodall, exploring quantum physics with Nassim Haramein, and studying the consciousness movement with Marianne Williamson. She was the art director for Birthing 2012, a 48-hour live conference broadcasted in 140 countries worldwide with Barbara Marx Hubbard about evolution by choice, not by chance. Love has created many visual collaborations with Michael Bernard Beckwith, producer of The Secret and host of Help Desk on Oprah Network. Love adapts the application of her art from street art campaigns to virtual reality, with the intention of reaching her audience at all levels of engagement.
Art loses its ego when paired with purpose. In a world where we are never the same person twice, I hope we find time to engage: life is, after all is a collaborative performance…
If you are interested in exploring more of the projects I am completing:
“Photographer Layla Love charts a path from darkness to redemption with her new show Rise of the Butterfly—and you’re in it.”
— Reade Tilley
Both photographs and butterflies rely on transformation, but if the wings of the latter represent a linear achievement, the former’s realization is more meridian and perhaps incomplete. At the culmination of capture, develop, stop, fix, rinse, wash and dry (or its digital equivalent) the metamorphosis of photography renders light as where it was, a kind of process to origin. What happens next is to the beholder, and it is on this final stage of transformation that photographer Layla Love is focused.
“My whole point is to shock people into action and then to have a means of action available to them,” Love says of her work, most recently aimed at ending human trafficking. A series of new shows and images compel viewer confrontations with stark slavery and desecration alongside elevated visions of liberated woman-defined sexuality. Any resulting dissonance among viewers is answered with a means to resolution as well, and it is here that Love’s work surpasses former explorations of horror. Rise of the Butterfly, a non-profit dedicated to combating human trafficking and to supporting its survivors, will benefit from the photography, as will any who see it and who contribute by purchasing works or a Rise of the Butterfly book. Founded by Love with feminist icon Gloria Steinem, Rise of the Butterfly empowers viewers beyond simply discomforting them even as the work empowers its subjects by bringing their suffering out of shadows. From the gallery walls, the viewer is given the honor and the means to bring the work outside again, back into the world transformed into change, and that makes the show satisfying as well as provocative.
2017 Lowes Gallery, Santa Monica California
2017 Beauty Is, Li’hu Kauai, Hawaii
2017 Flower and Hewes Gallery, Malibu, California
2017 Agape International Center, Los Angeles California
2016 Mary Duda Gallery, Marina Del Rey, California
2016 The Alchemical Kitchen; Soho, New York
2016 New York Headquarters of National Organization of Women, Chelsea, New York
2016 As Within, So Without, Hueb Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, New York
2015 Young Feminist Coalition: Bridge & Clear Communications Program; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
2015 Underwater Dive Images Documenting the Coral Reef Wall; The Cancun Nautical Association, Mexico
2015 Underwater Dive Images Documenting the Coral Reef Wall; Ibrahim Nasir, Male’, Maldives
2015 Showcase at Golden Nectar Palace; Berkeley, California
2015 Sacred Geometry Water Molecule Installation on a boat displayed in the Town Center; Bosa, Sardinia
2015 Photography for Squeeze – Raw Food & Wellness, Russell Simmons; New York, New York
2015 Photographic Exhibit, Agape International Spiritual Center; Los Angeles, California
2015 Photographic Exhibit in Salt Mines of Colombia & Documentation of Peace Project, Art Initiative at the Congress of Colombia in Collaboration with Alex Sastoque; Bogota, Colombia
2015 Photo Documentation of Bjork; New York, New York
2015 Participation in and Documentation of the Havana Biennale; Havana, Cuba
2015 Painting & Photography collaboration with Amanda Sage in collaboration with Ernst Fuchs Museum; Wien, Austria
2015 Documentation for Something About Love, Stonehenge Project; London, England
2015 Design Center, Lexington Avenue, New York
2015 Art Installation Project for Animal Welfare collaboration with the Maasai Tribe; Nairobi, Kenya
2015 The Perfect Darkness showcase at Madison Avenue, New York, New York
2015 The Last Party curated by Anthony Haden-Guest, White Box Gallery; New York, New York
2015 Enchanted Forest, Installation in collaboration with Giorgio Casu; Cagliari, Italy
2015 One Perfect Darkness, Hueb Madison Avenue, New York, New York.
2015 Something About Love, World Tour.
2015 I got you covered. The Personal Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
2014 Photo Documentation of Ani DiFranco; New York, New York
2014 Growing Love from the Roots, Urban Indigenous Gallery, Kauai, Hawaii.
2014 The Metaphor is Complete, Hawaii Fine Art Garden Gallery.
2014 Oscars Night Tribute, E Shrine, Los Angeles, California.
2013-2016 Aliven, Agape International Spiritual Center, Los Angeles, California.
2013 The Creative Impulse Broome Street Gallery, Soho, NY.
2013 One Billion Rising, Oakland, Ca.
2013 Wisdom 2.0 Summit, San Francisco, Ca.2013 “We Earth,” Los Angeles, Ca.
2012 The Great Convergence, Pyramids of Giza, Eygpt.
2012 Cutting Edge Consciousness, Shift Network, Los Angeles, Ca.
2012 Birthing 2012, Agape International Spiritual Center, Los Angeles, Ca.
2012 Love from the Roots, Design District Basel, Miami, Fl.
2012 Moshka Family Art Fair, Basel, Miami, Fl.2012 “New Life Expo, Unitribe,” New York, NY.2012, “The Grand Finale,” Baron, New York, NY.2012 “Bioneers,” Marin, Ca.
2012 Lighting In a Bottle, Silverado, Ca.
2012 Revelations, Agape, Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles, Ca.
2012 GreenFest, New York, NY.
2012 SoulMates, Design Center with Amy Zook, New York, NY.
2011 Agape 25th Year Anniversary, Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Peace Link, Los Angeles, Ca.
2011 Bioneers, Marin, Ca.
2011 AIPAD, MoMa Sponsored Showcase with Eric Franck Fine Art, New York, NY.
2011 Cultural Diversity, American Association of University Women, New York City Branch, NY.
2011 Bella Abzug Leadership Awards Scholastic Inc, New York, NY.
2011 Youth Assembly and Women’s Health Convention, United Nations, New York, NY.
2011 IMA Highlights National Arts Club, New York, NY.2011 “International Migration Art Festival” 22 Gramercy Park South – New York, NY.
2011 Lucid Dreaming, Atelier, New York, NY.
2011 Anthology, Baron, New York, NY.
2010 For the Women Who Came Before Us, Veteran Feminists of America, Dallas, TX.
2010 Sensationalized, Ariennae Global Art Consulting, Houston, TX.
2010 Bella Abzug Fellow Awards, Guggenheim Museum/City Hall, New York, NY.
2010 Solo show, Chelsea Arts Club, London, UK.2010 Apex show, NY, NY.
2009 Goddess Gala, Baron, New York, NY.
2009 Art Heals, National Arts Club, New York, NY.
2009 Love Heals All, Baron, New York, NY.
2009 Cirque de Art, Collective Hardware, New York, NY.
2008 Bella Abzug Leadership Awards, Tribeca Town Hall, New York, NY.
2007 Unbreakable Surrealism, International Open Center, New York, NY.
2003 Solo show, Kresge Town Hall, Santa Cruz, CA.
2002 In Between Black and White Kensington Galleries, London, UK.
1995 California Southern County Art Showcase San Diego, CA. Won First Place for young photographer.
Gallery exhibit highlights
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Group show with Giorgio Casu, Tulum Art Project, Mexico
2016 Fundraiser with Laila Ali for Kuumba Kids, Beverly Hill, California
2010 National Organization for Women Regional Conference, Baron,New York, NY.
2010 Fashion Showcase: Chateau de Lion with Love & Lion, Norwood Private Art Club, New York, NY.
2009 Paris Photo Expo, Eric Franck Fine Art, Paris, France.
2009 Art Basel Miami Beach, Artennae Consulting, Miami, FL.
2009 Tropical Harvest, Opera Tower, Miami, FL.
2009 The Black and White Show Collective Hardware/AMP Tracks, With Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Mapplethorpe & others, New York, NY.
2009 Christie Brinkley Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools, Healthy Environment Online Charity Auction, Benefit for New York Coalition for Healthy School Food & Wellness in the Schools with Oprah Winfrey, New York, NY.
2009 Tribal Journeys, Wynwood Arts Loft Complex, Miami, FL.
2009 Institute of Action Arts, 41st Year, The National Black Theater with Avery Brooks & Alicia Keys, New York, NY.
2009 Thrive, Baron. New York, NY.
2009 Art Attack, National Women’s Museum. Washington D.C.
2009 Hurricane Season: East Coast Regional Tour, Climbing Poetree, 50 City National Tour.
2008 Cosmos Cosm Gallery, New York, NY. With Alex Grey.
2008 Change is the Only Constant Portland Art Institute, Portland, OR.
2007 TKTKT Protest Space, New York, NY.
2007 Farm Sanctuary Benefit, Farm Sanctuary, with Peter Max, Alicia Silverstone, Joan Jett & Russell Simmons, New York, NY.
2006 Visual Resistance, New York, NY.
2006 Annual International Artists Showcase, Arts Factory, Byron Bay, Australia.
2006 Femme Cats, Sputnik, Brooklyn, NY.
2010 The White House, Washington DC.
2009 Tiffany Co.: Asia, Europe, United States.
2009 The Women’s Museum, Dallas, TX.
2008 Alex Grey Foundation, New York, NY.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2011, Speaker at Women’s Health Initiative, United Nations, New York, NY.
2011, Bella Abzug Awards, “Andrea” Young Woman Leadership Award.
2011, Cultural Diversity Photographic Excellence Award, American Association of University Women, New York City Branch, NY.
2008, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Honorary Member, Seneca Falls, New York.
2002, The RPS Award for Outstanding Service to Photography and Hon Fellowship, The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, UK.
1999, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador
1999, CNN Student Reporting First Place Store, Kyoto, Japan.
1994, California State First Place Photography Awards, Ca.1996, First Place Photographic Expose, Richmond, Uk.
Neuro-linguistic Programming Workshop in Non-Violent Communication. Sydney, Australia.
2002. Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Visual Communication, University of California, Santa Cruz.
2001. Designed a personalized course of study that examined how journalism and photography may be used to affect change in small communities.Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh.
1999. Traveled to 11 countries around the world.~ Selected by CNN crew that was filming the trip to report on women in the workplace in Japan.~ Received Goodwill Ambassador Award for volunteer services in orphanages in India, Vietnam, and Croatia.~ Contributed in the raising of $19,000 for orphanages in Vietnam by selling over 100 photographic prints.Associate of Arts in Communication, Richmond American International University. London, England.
1998. Honors Curriculum Dean’s List Student. 1996–1998.
FEMINISM-RELATED GALLERY/EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS
New York Headquarters of National Organization of Women, Chelsea, NY
As Within, So Without Hued Gallery, New York, NY
Young Feminist Coalition: Bridge & Clear Communications Program; Abu Dhabi, UAE
Photographic Exhibit in Salt Mines of Colombia & Documentation of Peace Project, Art Initiative at the Congress of Colombia in collaboration with Alex Sastoque; Bogota, CO
Photo Documentation of Bjork; New York, NY
Photo Documentation of Ani DiFranco; New York, NY
Growing Love from the Roots, Urban Indigenous Gallery, Kauai, HI
One Billion Rising Oakland, CA
Wisdom 2.0 Summit, San Francisco, CA
Birthing 2012 Agape International Spiritual Center, Los Angeles, CA
Bioneers Marin, CA
AIPAD MOMA-Sponsored Showcase with Eric Franck Fine Art, New York, NY
Cultural Diversity, American Association of University Women, New York City Branch, NY
Bella Abzug Leadership Awards, Scholastic Inc., New York, NY
Youth Assembly & Women’s Health Convention, United Nations, New York, NY
International Migration Art Festival, 22 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY
For the Women Who Came Before Us Veteran Feminists of America, Dallas, TX
Sensationalized Ariennae Global Art Consulting, Houston, TX
Bella Abzug Fellow Awards, City Hall, New York, NY
Goddess Gala Baron, New York, NY
Art Attack National Women’s Museum, Washington, DC
Christie Brinkley – Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools, Healthy Environment– Online Charity Auction, benefit for New York City Coalition for Healthy School Food & Wellness in the Schools with Oprah Winfrey, New York, NY
Bella Abzug Leadership Awards, Tribeca Town Hall, New York, NY
Change is the Only Constant Portland Art Institute, Portland, OR
Farm Sanctuary Benefit, New York, NY (with Peter Max, Alicia Silverstone, Joan Jett & Russell Simmons)
Visual Resistance– Lower East Side, New York, NY
Femme Cats Sputnik, Brooklyn, NY
Vaginal Monologs Solo Show, Kresge Town Hall, Santa Cruz, CA
FEMINISM-RELATED MUSEUM PERMANENT COLLECTION
The Women’s Museum, Dallas, TX
FEMINISM-RELATED MEDIA EXPERIENCE
Documentarian for the Veteran Feminists of America: 2006 – Present
Documentarian for Bora Yoon, a musician and performer: Spring 2004 – Present
Exhibitioner, fifty-piece gallery show for Femme Cats. Sputnik. Brooklyn, NY: November 2006
Exhibitioner, ten-piece gallery show for the Visual Resistance Group. New York, NY: July 2006 (proceeds from the exhibition went toward legal fees for Daniel McGrown, a women’s rights activist and environmentalist).
International Black Women’s Film Festival, San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. San Francisco, CA: 2004
Photographed images for publication in Yellow Book, in association with the Asian Art Museum, Ouri Productions. Brooklyn, NY: 2003-2004
Photographer for numerous well-known performers including Ani DiFranco, Tori Amos and Riot Girl groups, such as Le Tigre.
Media & Journalism Instructor, School News Nationwide, Non-Profit. Brooklyn, NY: 2003
Exhibitioner, twelve-image series that explored the development of the female psyche, in conjunction with the Women’s Assembly Theater, Kresge Town Hall. Santa Cruz, CA: 2003
Produced numerous images for book, later published by Harper Collins. Thoth Films. San Francisco, CA: 2001
Researched and wrote bylined news feature on the theory and practice of micro lending around the world at award-winning magazine, Journalism Intern, University of California, City on the Hill. Santa Cruz, CA: 2001
Accompanied cultural anthropologist to Northwest Africa under difficult political circumstances to document and record images of rare and controversial tribal customs. Field photographer, Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, Africa: 1998
Researched and wrote text for annual “Women Who Dare” calendar. Publication Intern, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.: 1998
FEMINISM-RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Served as a mediator between students, parents and Child Protective Services. Art Therapist, Child and Adult Services. Gaithersburg, MD: 2002
Developed and taught a literature program whose curriculum included the production of a bound collection of autobiographical accounts from 30 girls, most of whom were teenage mothers. Teaching Intern, California State Juvenile Department, Dewitt Anderson High School. Santa Cruz, CA: 2001
Designed a personalized course of study that examined how journalism and photography may be used to affect change in small communities. Neuro-linguistic Programming Workshop in Non-Violent Communication. Sydney, AUS: 2002
Selected by CNN crew filming, to report on Women in the Workplace in Japan. Received Goodwill Ambassador Award for volunteer services in orphanages in India, Vietnam and Croatia. Contributed in the raising of $19K for orphanages in Vietnam by selling over 100 photographic prints. Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh, PA: 1999
Dean’s List Student, Richmond American International University. London, ENG: 1996-1998
FEMINISM-RELATED AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Speaker at Women’s Health Initiative, United Nations, New York, NY
Bella Abzug Awards, Young Women Leadership Award, Scholastic Inc, New York, NY
Cultural Diversity Photographic Excellence Award, American Association of University Women, New York City Branch, NY
National Women’s Hall of Fame, Honorary Member, Seneca Falls, NY