London, United Kingdom
|Education||Central St. Martins, Falmouth University, Royal Academy of Art|
|Awards||Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize|
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977, London, UK) is an artist and writer of Ghanaian descent based in London. She is represented by the Corvi-Mora Gallery in London and by the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.
Background and Education
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's parents were both originally from Ghana. After arriving in the UK, her parents worked as nurses for the NHS. Yiadom-Boakye completed a foundation course at Central St Martins, graduated from Falmouth University in 2000, and completed an MA at the Royal Academy Schools in 2003.
Art and Awards
Her paintings are predominantly figurative with raw and muted colours. With her expressive representations of the human figure, the artist examines the formal mechanisms of the medium of painting and reveals political and psychological dimensions in her works, which focus on fictional characters who exist beyond our world in a different time and in an unknown location. She paints figures that are intentionally removed from time and place, stating "People ask me, ‘Who are they, where are they?...What they should be asking is ‘What are they? " Her work is included in the permanent collections of a number of institutions, including the Tate Collection, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Miami Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Nasher Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of African Art, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw. Her most recent exhibition was at London's Serpentine Sackler Gallery in 2015.
Her work is currently on exhibit at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. The show, entitled "Under-Song For A Cipher", began in May 2017 and will continue until September 3, 2017. The show was profiled by Zadie Smith for The New Yorker in its June 19, 2017, issue.
In 2006, Yiadom-Boakye won The Arts Foundation Fellowship for Painting. In 2012, she won the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize, and in 2013 Yiadom-Boakye was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her 2012 exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery in East London.
- Under-Song For A Cipher, New Museum of Contemporary Art (2017)
- A Passion To A Principle, Kunsthalle Basel, CH (2016/2017)
- Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK (2015)
- 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2013)
- Gwangju Biennale, Korea
- Flow at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008)
- M25. Around London at the CCA Andratz, Mallorca
- The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society: 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville (2006)
- John Moores 23  at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool (2004)
- Direct Painting at Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany (2004)
- Blackout at Brixton Art Gallery (2001)
- MIRRORCITY, Hayward Gallery, London (2014-5)
- Encyclopedic Palace at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2013)
- Ungovernables: 2012 New Museum Triennial, New Museum, New York (2012)
- 11th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France (2012)
- Wright, Karen (8 November 2013). "In the studio: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, painter". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-12-30.
- "Lynette Yiadom-Boakye - Jack Shainman Gallery". www.jackshainman.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- Cooke, Rachel (2015-05-31). "Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: artist in search of the mystery figure". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "Haus der Kunst - Detail". www.hausderkunst.de. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
- "Galleries - Interview Magazine". www.interviewmagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Verses After Dusk". Serpentine Galleries. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
- "Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher". www.newmuseum.org. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
- Smith, Zadie. "Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Imaginary Portraits". The New Yorker. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
- Extracts and Verses
- "A Passion To A Principle • Kunsthalle Basel". Kunsthalle Basel. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
- "Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist (1 June 2015)", Serpentine UK.
- John Moores 23 - Exhibitors gallery, ordered by artists' surname, selection A-C, Liverpoolmuseums.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-09-19.
- Eddie Chambers, "Black British artists who should be better known", The IB Tauris Blog, 7 August 2014.
- Orlando Reade, "Life Outside the Manet Paradise Resort: On the Paintings of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye," The White Review, November 2012.
- Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Jack Shainman Gallery
- Lynette Yiadom Boakye at Corvi-Mora, London
- Lynette Yiadom Boakye on ArtFacts.Net
- Lynette Yiadom Boakye – Painting – Saatchi Gallery
- Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, up-to-date info from ARQUEBUSE, Geneva
- Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the Serpentine Galleries, London
- video of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Venice Biennale