Lydia Blakeley

Hospitality


January 4–February 8, 2020
Opening reception: Saturday, January 4, 6-8pm




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Lydia Blakeley. Hospitality, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Lydia Blakeley. Hospitality, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Lydia Blakeley. Hospitality, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Lydia Blakeley. Hospitality, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Lydia Blakeley. Hospitality, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Lydia Blakeley. Triumph, 2019. Oil on linen. 15 3/4 x 23 5/8 inches (40 x 60 cm)

Lydia Blakeley. Charities, 2019. Oil on linen. 59 x 78 3/4 inches (150 x 200 cm)

Lydia Blakeley. St. Leger Stakes, 2019. Oil on linen. 59 x 78 3/4 inches (150 x 200 cm)

Lydia Blakeley.Creasing, 2019. Oil on linen. 59 x 78 3/4 inches (150 x 200 cm)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Hospitality, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Lydia Blakeley, all of which present scenes from horse races in Great Britain. They depict the characters one might see at these events including the security guards and sniffer dogs who are stationed at the entrance; waiters in the hospitality tent; and tipsy patrons, some of whom have passed out. As a group, the paintings are a patchwork of scenes at the races with the characters captured in tabloid moments of enjoyment, distraction and oblivion.

Lydia Blakeley (b. 1980, Bracknell, Berkshire, England) earned an MFA at Goldsmiths, London (2019) and a BFA at Leeds College of Art (2016). Her work has been included in exhibitions at PlazaPlaza, London (2019): J Hammond Projects, London (2019); SET, London (2019) and Paradise Works, Manchester (2019). Hospitality is Blakeley’s debut solo exhibition in the United States. She lives and works in North Yorkshire, England.


Born 1980, Bracknell, Berkshire
Lives and works in North Yorkshire

Education
2019
MFA, Goldsmiths, London
2016
BA, Leeds College of Art, England

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2020
Hospitality, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
2019
Hellhole, Plaza Plaza, Elephant and Castle, London
2018
You’re Doing Amazing, Sweetie, Blenheim Walk, Leeds Arts University, England
2017
Leisure, Vernon Street Gallery, Leeds College of Art

Selected Group Exhibitions
2019
Untitled Art Fair (with Steve Turner), Miami Beach
Sunday Art Fair (with Steve Turner), London
Goldsmiths MFA Degree Show, New Cross, London
Ultra: Art For the Women’s World Cup, J Hammond Projects, London
Plucky Pony Makes Break For Freedom, SET, Bermondsey, London
Mission To Touch The Sun: Sun Burnt, Paradise Works, Salford, Manchester
Utopia Through Nostalgia, The Koppel Project Hive, Holborn, London
2018
Young British Painters, Arthill Gallery, West Brompton, London
#34 Annual Open Exhibition, CGP Gallery, Southwark Park, London
GoldX, DeptfordX, London
Mission to Touch the Sun, Enclave, Deptford, London
Getting Away!, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight
For I’m not among the waders: The story of Zebedee, Post_Institute, Brixton, London
Getting Away, ArthouSE1, Bermondsey, London
Goldsmiths MFA Interim Show, Deptford, London
Duty Free. Is This It?, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London
Via…, Brockley, London
2017
Sydenham Arts, Sydenham, London
Fair Exchange, Syracuse University, New York
2016
Seven Days at LS6, LS6 cafe, Leeds
Northern Graduates 2016, Curwen Gallery, London
Free Range, Old Truman Brewery, London
Departures, Leeds College of Art, Leeds
A Happy Medium, Leeds
2015
I’ll Show You Mine, Leon Collective HQ, Leeds
Ephemera, Studio 24, Leeds

Awards
2018
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, Canada