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"The source imagery for the inspiration behind the paintings seems to almost always originate from the digital life I spend online… whether it's on social media, scrolling through instagram or newsfeeds-that's always a starting point. I literally just have saved images; I save images to my camera roll. I'm constantly screenshotting. I might have an image in my camera roll for, like, a year, and then I'll suddenly start working on it."

–Lydia Blakeley, Elephant Magazine, 2019

Lydia Blakeley was born in 1980 in Bracknell, Berkshire (UK), she currently lives and works in North Yorkshire. She received her MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths (2017-2019) and a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Leeds College of Art (2013-2016).

 

Using paint to reflect the present, which is saturated with snapshots of hyper-reality, Blakeley uses the medium as a response to popular culture. Through the painting process, she attempts to introduce new layers of meaning, develop narratives, and present alternative interpretations of our actuality. The painting process is essential for capturing the every day, suspending the image in time, for the viewers' contemplation. Aided through technologies, accumulating, and redistributing signs by negotiating multiple temporalities, reflecting the globalised world. The materiality of her paintings reinforces the permanence of the image within an increasingly dematerialized world.

 

EDUCATION

2017-2019 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths

2013-2016 BA(Hons) Fine Art, Leeds College of Art

 

AWARDS

2020

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada

The Minerva Prize, FBA Futures 2020, Mall Galleries, London

2018

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada

 

SOLO EXHIBTIONS

2020

Dog Show, Steve Turner Gallery, online
Classics, Niru Ratnam Gallery, London
National Velvet, Alessandro Albanese Gallery, Matera, Italy
Looks like you've reached the end, Vortic London Collective, Hannah Barry Gallery, online
Hospitality, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles

2019

Hellhole, Curator's Choice, Leeds Arts University Hellhole. Plaza Plaza, London

2018

You're Doing Amazing, Sweetie, The Boardroom, Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University, UK

2017

Leisure, Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds College of Art, UK

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

#36 Annual Open Exhibition, Southwark Park Galleries, Online After Image. MAMOTH, London
Everyday Heroes, Southbank Centre, London
Begin Again, GUTS Gallery, online

Suture, Niru Ratnam Gallery, London

21st Figure, BC Projects, online

Stäying Sane, Berntson Bhattacharjee Gallery, Skanör, Sweden Drawn Together. UNIT London, online
When Shit Hits the Fan, Guts Gallery, online

Office Space, Is This It?, online
Crowd, Hannah Barry Gallery, London
FBA Futures 2020, Mall Galleries, London

2019

Pets, TOMA Project Space, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, UK

When Species Meet, Transition Two Gallery, London Fanspeak. Castlefield Galley, Manchester, UK
Full English, Platform, Southwark, London

Ultra: Art for the Women's World Cup, J.Hammond Projects, London

Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show, Goldsmiths, London
Plucky Pony Makes Break For Freedom, SET, Bermondsey, London
Mission To Touch The Sun: SunBurnt, Paradise Works, Salford, Manchester, UK

Utopia Through Nostalgia, The Koppel Project Hive, London

2018

Young British Painters, Arthill Gallery, London
#34 Annual Open Exhibition, CGP Gallery, London
GoldX, DeptfordX, London
Mission to Touch the Sun, Enclave, London
Getting Away!, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK
For I'm not among the waders: The story of Zebedee, Post_Institute, London

Getting Away!, ArthouSE1, London

Goldsmiths MFA InterimShow, Goldsmiths, London
Duty Free. Is This It?, ChelseaCollege of Arts, UAL, London Via... Brockley, London

2017

Sydenham Arts, Sydenham, London
Fair Exchange, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

2016

Seven Days at LS6, LS6 cafe, Leeds, UK
Northern Graduates 2016, Curwen Gallery, London

Free Range, Old Truman Brewery, London

Departures, Leeds College of Art, Leeds, UK
A Happy Medium, Headingley, Leeds, UK

2015

I'll Show You Mine, Leon Collective HQ, Leeds Ephemera. Studio 24, Leeds, UK