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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s oil on canvas paintings are large works, sometimes standing several meters high and wide.

Yiadom-Boakye, a Londoner of Ghanaian descent and a graduate in 2004 from the Royal Academy Schools, makes large scale portraits of imaginary subjects that incorporate a range of visual languages to confront subjectivity and stereotypes with the traditional medium of oil painting.

Adrian Searle has written of her work: “Previously her portraits were a cast list of grinning Grammy winners, a self-satisfied towel-robed hunk, a ditzy middle-aged woman, comfortable in her body and with a shocking red bra. But the paintings aren’t merely humorous black stereotypes. They are painted with a loose and disbelieving swagger that seems to comment both on the characters of her subjects and what we might want from portraiture in the first place.”

Date Title Venue City
12 April – 29 June 2008 Group Show, Flow Studio Museum Harlem New York
Magret de Canard by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, oil on canvas, 2005