Lynette Yiadom-Boakye on Seducing the Viewer
Collection of Noel Kirnon and Michael Paley
"Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk"
Venue: Serpentine Gallery, London (2015)
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.”
British, b. 1977, London, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom