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Anna Leyland is a contemporary New Zealand artist. Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works invoke conversations relating to the celebration of diversity and multiculturalism within Aotearoa – a hallmark of New Zealand’s social ethos.
She has successfully exhibited in over 30 exhibitions since 2001 and in the last 4 years has completed commissions for Nespresso, The Auckland City Council, Orcon, The Big Hoot and Sofitel Queenstown.
Articles and Interviews about her work have featured in the New Zealand Herald’s VIVA, Remix, Denizen, Idealog and Habitat by Resene.
Anna’s work features in 12 galleries throughout New Zealand and has a strong national following. After holding her 4th solo show in November 2018 at Allpress Studio, Auckland she is presently working towards moving her work further Internationally.
“My works are a reflection of my perception of life. I choose to see the beauty in everything around me; specifically the beautiful mix of cultures we have in Aotearoa. This is what I incorporate into all of my works, utilising pattern and symbolism. These are directly influenced by the multicultural heritage of my son and I; Fijian, Wallisian, Futunaan, Scottish, Hungarian, English and Kiwi. I have taken personal symbols and patterns from these different cultures and developed into my own, which then tell my story. My works are culturally diverse and inherently attract a diverse audience…”