Luella’s work is a personal exploration of vulnerability, intimacy and conflict around the female experience, specifically related to the body, including works on paper in pencil and oil, photographs and sculpture. These different mediums show the intimate process of the investigation.
Bartley has never shown publicly before although early investigations into this work were presented recently in collaboration with Miuccia Prada for Miu Miu.
Trained at Central St Martins in the early 90s, Luella first worked as a writer at Dazed & Confused, British Vogue, The Face and The Evening Standard. In 1999 she launched her own fashion brand Luella, for which she won British designer of the year in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded an MBE for services to fashion.
She published a book with Fourth Estate in 2011 and from 2014-16 designed the Marc by Marc collection for Marc Jacobs. Luella collaborated with Raf Simmons and Pieter Mulier for Calvin Klein 2017-2019.
From 2019 -2022 she developed a personal practice of drawing and sculpture which has culminated in the work seen in this show.