Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

  • Interstellar
    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

    2012

    Oil on canvas

    200 x 180 cm 

  • Half a Dozen Dead, 2010
    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

    Oil on canvas

    180 x 200 cm

  • Diamonds
    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

    2013

    Oil on canvas

    130 x 100 cm

  • Strip Lit,
    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

    2012

    Oil on canvas

    95 x 85 cm 

  • Installation view
    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
    Installation view
    © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
    Tate Photography: Lucy Dawkins

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a painter, poet and writer and is best known for her large-scale figurative paintings of subjects that she constructs from a combination of memory, imagination, drawing and scrapbooks. She alludes to the history of European painting in her work and represents the full spectrum of portraiture’s scale: from small and intensely intimate close-ups to large canvases with the proportions, balance and impact characteristic of history painting. She challenges the accepted norm of western figuration by depicting black subjects, and at the same time commits herself to the marginalised practice of portraiture within contemporary painting.

Yiadom-Boakye has been nominated for her exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery.

Artist Biography

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in London in 1977. She studied at the Royal Academy Schools, London, Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall, and Central St Martins School of Art and Design, London. Her solo exhibitions include The Love Without, Corvi-Mora, London (2013); Extracts and Verses, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012); All Manner Of Needs, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2012); Any Number of Preoccupations, Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2010); and Gasworks, London (2007). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions that recently include The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2012); Fiction as Fiction (or, A Ninth Johannesburg Biennale), Stevenson, Cape Town (2012); and A Terrible Beauty is Born, La Biennale De Lyon 2011, Lyon (2011). In 2012 she was the recipient of the Future Generation Art Prize.