At the latest edition of the Carnegie International, a gallery illuminated with natural light is dedicated to Yiadom-Boakye. Her portraits are hung according to her specifications. Predominantly figurative with raw and muted colors, the artist reveals political and psychological dimensions in her work devoid of time-bound details.
The London-born 31 year old has her work in permanent collections in a number of Art Museum and Galleries including Tate Collection, the museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the National Museum of African Art, etc.
Her latest work is a series of painting named after one of the artist’s poems, in lieu of louder love. While the actual work doesn’t deviate from the thematic expression and medium employed by Lynette, the expansive playfulness in terms of palette and new color schemes are definitely remarkable.
Hung relatively low, at a height that directly engages the viewer, one is forced to ask themselves and the artist what these people are, not so much who they are since these figures are borne of fiction to stimulate our consciousness and question prevalent social patterns.
The British painter is of Ghanaian descent.