Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Exhibition, Tate Britain, London: 18 November 2020-9 May 2021

The paintings of prize-winning artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye are on show at Tate Britain in her largest exhibition yet.

Yiadom-Boakye began her career after graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts in 2003 and is known for using an especially dark palette. Many of her works are intentionally ambiguous and portray people lounging around or resting with thoughtful expressions, asking you to develop your own interpretation of what’s happening in the painting. You’ll notice that the figures in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings are often placed in a blurred background and aren’t associated with any particular decade or time period. Instead, her paintings focus on things that everyone can relate to regardless of your age, such as relationships with friends or family, making her paintings familiar yet also mysterious. Yiadom-Boakye has described herself as a writer just as much as an artist and has written many short stories and poems. 

This exhibition is set to bring together around 80 works from 2003 to the present day, raising questions of identity, representation and human relationships.

 

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, No Need of Speech 2018 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Bryan Conley
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, No Need of Speech 2018 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh © Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Photo: Bryan Conley
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