“Art loses its ego when it’s paired with purpose”

One of our former students at Richmond, internationally renowned US artist and activist Layla Love, has created a non-profit organisation, Rise of the Butterfly, mentored by Gloria Steinem, which works to fight human trafficking.

While studying for her BA degree in Design and Visual Communications at Richmond, The American International University in London, Layla began, at the age of 21, a five year photo-journalism tour to war-torn regions of the world with a focus on the plight of women.

Layla said, “I count my years as a student at Richmond among the best of my life. They were the catalyst for my successful career as a world-renowned artist.”

Layla’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. Layla’s image The Fullest Bloom, was adapted individually for over 30 Tiffany & Co. Diamond Showrooms worldwide, attesting to Layla’s attention to detail and mastery of fine art printing.

All pieces are available to ship world-wide and are customisable.

You can view Layla’s portfolio and online store here.  Please contact Robin Anderson at outreach@laylaloveart.com for further info.