Lynette Yiadom-Boakye on Seducing the Viewer

With the seductive, disarming stares of her fictitious sitters, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye brings imagined narratives and powerful personas to life, inviting the viewer along for an experience that is open for interpretation. “I give all I can,” she once told curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, “as I think seduction is very important.” Equally passionate about her subjects, viewers, and the paintings themselves, Yiadom-Boakye continued: “I love painting. I love the surface of it. I know how it makes me feel when I see certain works or when I’m in the presence of works that I really admire, and I think the pleasure for the viewer comes out of that kind of feeling, rather than me trying to tell a story. It’s a sensual thing—it’s about a sense of touch and a sensibility.”

On view at Jack Shainman Gallery, Frieze NY - Booth C9, May 9th – 13th