As a part of Adelaide’s renowned SALA festival, we were lucky enough to feast our eyes over local artist Leah Grant’s beautiful work at her first ever exhibition – opened by none other than the internationally acclaimed Emma Hack.
Leah filled Rundle Street’s Tincat Cafe and Gallery to the brim with her bright and eccentric work, which was created around the theme ‘light spectrum’. The collection included light boxes, prints, string installations and more. Pops of every colour from the rainbow shone down on guests from framed works on the cafe walls, enveloping us into what seemed like a bubble of joy – or maybe that was partly due to the wine. Nonetheless, her work is vibrant and cheerful yet calming – it draws you in and fills you with a sense of contentment. The string installation that greeted guests outside the cafe was spectacular.
Leah drew inspiration for her artwork from her own emotions, relationships and life experiences, and upon meeting her it was easy to see how truly her art really does reflect her – positive, vibrant and charming. The collection encourages ‘a slower pace, to allow room to breathe, reconsider ideas and see a new beauty within’ and I could not think of a better way to describe her work. All of the pieces really resonated with the idea of stopping to smell the roses. Life is short – enjoy the beauty in it!
The SALA festival is the perfect time to see how many talented creatives reside here in little old Adelaide – we really are a force to be reckoned with as a city of art and culture. Leah’s talent and clear love for what she does is a perfect example.
If you love bright colours and pretty things (come on now, who doesn’t) you MUST go and see Leah’s work. On August 6-8 she will be showcasing it at Nove on Luce Espresso Bar as a part of the West End Art Walk. You can get some damn good coffee AND see her talent – it really is a win-win situation.