Lynette Yiadom-Boakye on Seducing the Viewer

With the seductive, disarming stares of her fictitious sitters, 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