BA (Hons) Fine Art alumna Lydia Blakeley is an artist whose work uses the medium of paint as a response to popular culture.

Lydia Blakeley's paintings are saturated with images of hyper-reality, often referencing typically British scenes.

Blakeley's work includes familiar snap-shots of popular culture, from celebrity whippets at Crufts, horse races and the drunken debauchery of the British public. Her 2018 solo exhibition at Leeds Arts University ‘You’re Doing Amazing, Sweetie’ explored banal and uncanny nature of celebrity homes and reality television.

Image: Lydia Blakeley, Kim’s House. Oil on canvas (2018)

Image: Lydia Blakeley, Pointers, Oil on canvas, 50×70cm (2019) image courtesy of the artist and Acne Studios, reproduced with kind permission. 

Lydia Blakeley was born in 1980 in Bracknell. Following a career in retail she began her studies at 33, completing BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2016 followed by the MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London.

Lydia exhibited at Leeds Arts University in 2018 with You’re Doing Amazing, Sweetie and with Leisure at the University’s Vernon Street Gallery in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions include Hellhole, Plaza Plaza, Elephant and Castle, London in 2019. Her work featured in Mixing it Up: Painting Today at the Haywood Gallery, Southbank, London in 2021.

Image: Lydia Blakeley, Protection, Oil on linen, 220×180cm (2019)

Image: Lydia Blakeley, Year of the Cat. Oil on linen, 40cmx50cm (2017)

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Header Image: Lydia Blakeley, Pointers (detail), Oil on canvas, 50×70cm (2019) image courtesy of the artist and Acne Studios, reproduced with kind permission.