Lydia Blakeley was born in 1980 in Berkshire and currently lives and works in North Yorkshire. She received her MFA from Goldsmiths in 2019 and completed her BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds College of Art in 2016.
Lydia uses paint to reflect the present as a form of social commentary, contrasting to the pervasion of mass media and technology in our society today. Through the painting process she attempts to introduce new layers of meaning, develop narratives and present alternative interpretations of our actuality. This process is essential for capturing the everyday and suspending the image in time. Her recent paintings depict the performance of leisure, creating scenes from the spectacle of sporting events in the UK, bittersweet portraits which mirror the chaos and disenchantment of Brexit Britain.
Recent solo exhibitions include; Vocation, Blank, Leeds (2021); Classics, Niru Ratnam Gallery, London (2020); National Velvet, Alessandro Albanese Gallery, Matera, Italy (2020); Hospitality, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); Hellhole, Plaza Plaza, Elephant and Castle, London (2019); You’re Doing Amazing, Sweetie, The Boardroom, Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University (2018). Recent group shows include Mixing it Up: Painting Today, Hayward Gallery, London (2021); The Artist is Online, Konig Gallery, Berlin (2021); Everyday Heroes, Hayward Gallery, London (2020); Crowd. Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2020); FBA Futures 2020, Mall Galleries, London (2020); When Species Meet, Transition Two Gallery, Hackney, London (2019).