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.
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