The Chimera Gallery


Lesley Oldaker is a UK based artist working mainly in the medium of paint.


Since graduating from Art College, Lesley has developed her style to successfully express herself and explore the complex interactions, transient nature and purpose of people in our continually changing urban spaces.


Inspiration and ideas evolve from events seen in the media and in society generally that evoke strong emotional responses. Her perceptive observations of human behaviour together with her own personal experiences, enhance the emotive narratives of her paintings and often communicate a common sense of displacement, a question of belonging and relevance within our shared environments.

Her process originates from drawing, photographic and observational studies of large public spaces where there is a continual sense of movement within the urban landscape.  These studies enable her to abstract the essence of emotion, form, space and colour for the paintings.
Painterly mark making and a limited colour pallet helps evoke a further suggestion of mood and place, encouraging the viewer to personally explore and interpret the painting.


Lesley has been painting full time for 7 years and during that period has already accomplished an Invited Artist Residency in China 2013, received Runner-up in Winter Pride Art Awards London 2014, Peoples Choice Award, Bath Art Open 2018, been selected five times to exhibit with Flux, London and been featured in various publications, album covers and books. She has exhibited in London, Zurich, New York, New Delhi, Florence, Bratislava and China, and has work in private collections across the world.


Lesley’s work can be seen at The Chimera Gallery, Ireland; Hope Gallery, UK and Great Banyan Art Co., India.

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