Lynette Yiadom-Boakye uses traditional formal considerations of painting such as line, colour and scale juxtaposed with contemporary painting techniques and subjects.
Her paintings are typically completed in a day to best capture a single moment or stream of consciousness.
Her oil paintings focus on fictional figures that exist outside of specific times and places. In a 2010 interview with Nadine Rubin Nathan in the New York Times Magazine, Yiadom-Boakye described her compositions as ‘suggestions of people...They don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.’ This lack of fixed narrative leaves her work open to the projected imagination of the viewer.
Yiadom-Boakye has had several important solo museum exhibitions, most recently at the Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015); Serpentine Gallery, London (2015); Yale School of Art, New Haven, USA (2014); Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, USA (2013); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011).
Her work has appeared in group exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (2013); New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York (2012) and the Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2012).
Yiadom-Boakye was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize, which was accompanied by a solo exhibition of her work. She was short-listed for the 2013 Turner Prize, a monograph of her work was published by Prestel in 2014.
Her work is found in collections including Tate, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Miami Art Museum, USA; Studio Museum in Harlem, USA; Arts Council Collection, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, USA.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in 1977 in London, where she currently lives and works. She attended the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools, London.
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