For her first solo exhibition, London artist and illustrator Joanna Henly – known as Miss Led – explores a key inspiration behind her work with range of emotionally rich and expressive mixed-media paintings and a large-scale wall installation in East London’s theprintspace gallery. In her unique style, the gallery space itself will become a canvas.
“Conceptually, the show is really about personal space; how we inhabit it and the ways we engage with it. I have a personal connection with all the creative women in this show — everyone is physically and emotionally striking, courageous and completely unique.
The exhibition title also relates to the installation accompanying the portraiture: a large scale painting across the walls of the gallery in which figures interact with interior motifs and organic shapes. I hoped to touch on home life, emotional space and our physical environment.
I wanted to represent ways of expressing and projecting ourselves, personally and publicly – be this through fashion, skin adornment, posture, gaze or attitude.” Known for obsessively detailed and lushly rendered pieces across a wide range of media and scale, Miss Led has enjoyed selection for ‘Best of British Illustration’, exhibition in London’s Saatchi and a client list spanning fashion, consumer and media brands including Ted Baker, Selfridges London, Little White Lies, Lynx, Braun, Head & Shoulders, Lufthansa, Nike and more.”