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Zena Blackwell

I'm a painter based in Cardiff and am inspired by the chaos, humour, beauty & dark dayz of motherhood

I am a painter based in Cardiff, Wales, UK. I exhibit regularly and have work in private collections around the World. I completed my MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, and my BA at Wimbledon College of Art. 

My practice investigates the mad, anxiety-ridden and messy moments of raising children and keeping house. I present playful and colourful paintings that scrutinise the wide-ranging spectrum of emotions experienced in motherhood. My work can be beautiful and humorous but also sinister and menacing, often leaving a heavy feeling of disquiet. My paintings have been described as being ‘psychologically charged'. 

I presented my first solo show consisting of over 30 works at Cardiff MADE in November 2018 after winning first prize in the Summer Open Exhibition the year before (for which I secured a £5k Arts Council of Wales Award). The exhibition was included in a list of the top 5 UK exhibitions by a-n magazine and Wales Arts Review included it in a top 10 list of the best Welsh Visual Arts for 2018. I was selected to exhibit at Y Lle Celf at the Eisteddfod in 2018 which was held at the Senedd (Welsh National Assembly building), Cardiff Bay


Let The Dust Settle


Ready or Not

Pink Cat


Y Is A Crooked Letter

Flesh and Blood

See You Later Alligator

See You Later Alligator

See You Later Alligator

Time out

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