Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Imaginary Portraits
Posted: February 23, 2015 Filed under: IMAGES
Lynette Yiadom–Boakye_Knave_oil on canvas_2011
“Painting for me is the subject. The figures exist only through paint, through colour, line, tone and mark-making…..They don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.”
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in London, England, in 1977; her parents had immigrated from Ghana. Her paintings, which appear to be single or group portraits, are, in fact, made up of fictitious characters: composites from her imagination, people who don’t really exist.
Yiadom-Boakye studied at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art (1996-97), Falmouth College of Art (1997-2000), and the Royal Academy Schools (2000-2003). She has exhibited widely – in London, New York City/Harlem, Lyons and Frankfurt.
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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye_Further Pressure from Cannibals_oil on canvas_2010
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the Venice Biennale in 2013_photograph by David Levene