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Lynette Yiadom Boakye

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Politics
Lynette Yiadom Boakye
Politics

2005

oil on canvas

183 x 168 cm
“I’ve been working on a series of portraits. None of them is of existing people, but they are familiar. My roll call is growing and it contains some of my favourite characters. They include Grammy winners (gracious in acceptance of awards), revolutionaries, fanatics, anthropologists and missionaries (good for showing us how to live), savages (good for showing us how far we have come and how not to live), radicals and the generally angry, amongst others”.
Obelisk
Lynette Yiadom Boakye
Obelisk

2005

oil on canvas

240 x 200 cm
The lady who sits astride a cushioned stool in Obelisk is a composite of various different ideas and characteristics, and a typical example of Boakye's working process. Based on drawings both from life and memory, she dominates the canvas, fixing the viewer with a rather provocative glare. While her age is unclear, her striking, minimalist attire suggests the social standing of a privileged individual. The painting's title refers to the sitter's upright, tapered posture and the ambiguous arrangement of feet beneath. Those of the lady tuck in between those of the stool; she steadies herself on her own tiptoes, while at the same time appearing to stand on four legs like some sort of modern day satyr, the mythical symbol of sexual promiscuity.
Cemetery
Lynette Yiadom Boakye
Cemetery

2005

Oil on linen

214 x 163 cm
Cemetery belongs to the same series of works as Obelisk. It is a painting less concerned with death and its emotional ramifications, than with the correct protocol for mourning. Again, a single female figure occupies the canvas. Isolated by the hard, grey concrete that surrounds her, she is very much alone. Her appearance is contradictory; a black dress, the traditional colour of mourning, with garish red tights. In a similar way, her facial expression is not what we might expect; a tight, twisted smirk, where we would usually expect to see sadness or sympathy. With no other clues as to the circumstances, the viewer is left to complete the story in his or her own mind.
Ambassador
Lynette Yiadom Boakye
Ambassador

2003

oil on canvas

213 x 162 cm
Ambassador, like Grammy, belongs to Boakye's first series of portrait paintings. The work's cool palette and simple, uncluttered composition lend an air of familiarity to what, on closer inspection, is a rather incongruous scene. The subject, a young woman whose crude appearance is at odds with the sophistication of both her pose and the luxurious armchair in which she is seated, is not what we might expect. Could she really be the ambassador referred to in the painting's title? Playing with notions of power and access, Boakye invites us to consider what is or is not appropriate in certain social situations.
Grammy
Lynette Yiadom Boakye
Grammy

2003

oil on canvas

280 x 180 cm
Dressed in white like a pair of covetous bridesmaids, and grinning like Cinderella's sisters, two women step forward to bathe in the acclaim of an unseen audience. The painting's title, Grammy, refers to the annual American music industry awards ceremony. Portraying her would-be glamorous subjects in thick, slobbering paint, Boakye repackages them as ten-a-penny celebrities of questionable talent or significance, passing plankton on which contemporary life's insatiable hunger for stardom briefly stops to feed.
Diplomacy II
Lynette Yiadom Boakye
Diplomacy II

2009

Oil on linen

190 x 250 cm
Alongside being an artist, Boakye is also a writer; paint, for her, becomes a tactile language from which fictions are formed. Boakye’s imaginary scenes unfold with all the richness and drama of a novel: their open-ended suggestion of setting, character, predicament become intrigues for viewer interpretation. In Diplomacy II, a group of figures gather in ceremonious congregation, their bodies simultaneously defined and made uniform amidst the canvas’s haunting charcoal monochrome. Inspired by a photograph of a political delegation, Boakye uses the composition of staged portraiture to create a piercing psychological tension, as rows of dotted eyes stare purposefully at the viewer suggesting their unwelcome intrusion.






Other artists in
NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lynette Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    Systems House    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut     littlewhitehead    Alastair MacKinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Lynette Yiadom Boakye's BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1977, in London
Lives and works in London



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (opening November 10th)
Essays and Documents Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Solo presentation at The Armory Show 2010, New York, by Faye Fleming & Partner
Essays and Letters, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

2009
FOREX : Pleased to Meet You’, Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
Manifesto', Faye Fleming & Partner, Geneva

2007
Gasworks, London
Series, ARQUEBUSE (now Faye Fleming & Partner), Geneva

2004
How To Live, Prowler Project Space, London


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

2010
Newspeak, The Saatchi Gallery, London

2009
Convoi Exceptionnel, Triangle France, Marseille
Living Together: Towards a Contemporary Concept of Community', curated by Xabier Arakistain and Emma Dexter, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturanea, Vittoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Travelling to MARCO, Museu de Arte Contempornea, Vigo, Spain

2008
M25. Around London, curated by by Barry Schwabsky, Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
7th Gwangju Biennial, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Gwangju, Korea
Flow, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

2007
100 Years Kunsthalle, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society’, 2nd International Biennal of Contemporary Art of Seville, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporareo Reale Ataronanas, Seville

2006
Personne ne veut mourir, ARQUEBUSE, Geneva
Liquid, Lynette Boakye and Gary Hume, New Paintings, Royal Academy Schools Gallery, Hornsey

2005
Direkte Malerei – Unmittelbare Bildwelten zwischen Abstraktion und Figuration’, Mannheimer Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany

2004
Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Coach Shed, Liverpool and Barbican, London
John Moores 23, Liverpool Biennal, Liverpool
5 Young Painters’, Artspace Gallery, London

2003
Schools Show, Royal Academy Schools, London
Work Ethic’ Gone Tomorrow Gallery, London

2002
Premiums Sackler Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Red Mansion Prize, London Institute, Millbank, London

2001
Blackout, Brixton Art Gallery, London