Ambassadors and Familiar Faces
Born into an activist family passionate about civil rights, social justice and equality, Lydia Emily’s work is infused with a grace parallel to the injustice behind the imagery. She is compelled to speak out not only with powerful paintings and murals, but also by forming and supporting foundations whose work has an impact. Her visual concepts and imagery speak softly to loud troubles in the world.
A prolific and dynamic international artist, Lydia Emily's work has been featured at gallery shows in Milan, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington DC, and San Francisco. She has been selected by Red Bull to exhibit works at Scope Gallery for Art Basel. The Weinstein Company commissioned a mural in Oakland for the premier of the motion picture “Fruitvale Station”. Her portrait of Julian Assange was featured in the documentary “We Sell Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks”. Gucci commissioned a mural honoring Jessica Madkiff on a wall in LA’s Skid Row. Jessica was a victim of sex trafficking and exploitation. Her story is told in the documentary “Jessica’s Story
Lydia Emily is a cancer survivor and a daily warrior against MS. These issues serve as catalysts for not only her art, but also for her social engagement as a speaker. In 2015, she created four large murals spreading a message of hope to those whose lives are touched by MS. These inspirational murals are located in LA; Houston, TX; Portland, OR; and Louisville, KY. She’d like to continue painting the hopeful murals for MS chapters around the globe.
Lydia Emily is the subject of the documentary PC594
Currently in production. The documentary is being directed by Libby Spears. The documentary is an in- depth look at her work as an artist and activist, and how they come together in her moving paintings.
Lydia Emily Archibald was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1971. After a well- traveled childhood, she landed in LA where she has lived and worked for over 30 years. Along with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of rescued animals, Lydia Emily has recently relocated to Austin, TX.
To see learn more about Lydia Emily and her work, visit http://www.lydiaemily.com