Lydia Blakeley was born in 1980 in Bracknell, Berkshire. She is finishing her MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths (2017-2019). She completed her BA (Hons) Fine Art from Leeds College of Art (2013-2016). Blakeley uses paint to reflect the present, which is saturated with snapshots of hyper-reality, and by using 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 materiality of her paintings reinforces the permanence of the image within an increasingly dematerialized world.