Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

British, b. 1977

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

British, b. 1977

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Lauded painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye assembles images from scrapbooks, drawings, and her imagination into lush compositions of human figures. The recipient of the Future Generation Art Prize and selected for the 55th Venice Biennale, she is equally focused on the history of painting, the material qualities of oil on canvas, and her particular subject matter. Working rapidly and intuitively, she often completes a composition in a day. The figures in her paintings are mostly black men and women, isolated against dark backgrounds. These fictional figures have elicited strong responses from viewers, as Yiadom-Boakye describes: “People are tempted to politicize the fact that I paint black figures, and the complexity of this is an essential part of the work. But my starting point is always the language of painting itself and how that relates to the subject matter.”

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New Museum, and 4 more
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Rockbund Art Museum, and 3 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Biography

Lauded painter Lynette Yiadom-Boakye assembles images from scrapbooks, drawings, and her imagination into lush compositions of human figures. The recipient of the Future Generation Art Prize and selected for the 55th Venice Biennale, she is equally focused on the history of painting, the material qualities of oil on canvas, and her particular subject matter. Working rapidly and intuitively, she often completes a composition in a day. The figures in her paintings are mostly black men and women, isolated against dark backgrounds. These fictional figures have elicited strong responses from viewers, as Yiadom-Boakye describes: “People are tempted to politicize the fact that I paint black figures, and the complexity of this is an essential part of the work. But my starting point is always the language of painting itself and how that relates to the subject matter.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Rockbund Art Museum, and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition, and 5 more
Articles Featuring Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Why Do We Care How Long It Takes Artists to Make Their Work?
Jan 9th, 2019
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye on Seducing the Viewer
May 9th, 2013
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