Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Lynette Yiadom-Boake, Doves, 2009.

Embellished with oil paint, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s subjects gaze out from their ambiguous backdrops. Clearly influenced by old masters like Goya and Valazquez, she hints only slightly at a narrative. Her use of light and dark creates a theatricality that conveys a familiar mood. Exploring art’s history of portraiture she positions her fictitious subjects within a well-known frame – deconstructing portraiture and yet celebrating its grandeur.

London born of Ghanaian parents, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye has exhibited earlier this year at the Studio Museum Harlem, and last year in Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Any Number of Preoccupations, 2010, oil on canvas

Posted by Genieve Figgis

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