An artist whose work I have become increasingly fascinated with over the past few years is Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. The British-Ghanaian painter creates works of fictional characters with so much depth, it is often difficult to imagine that they have not been rendered from a model or even a photo. Boakye conjures these figures and the viewer is able to engage with them in whatever snapshot they have been captured. Some dance with abandon. Others appear to pose for their portraits, poised and seemingly self-assured, their gaze always shifted away from the beholder.
The Hours Behind You, 2011
The Cream And The Taste, 2013
Citrine By The Ounce, 2014
Her art has inspired the works of fellows artists like Solange Knowles and Duro Olowu, who Yiadom-Boakye counts among her friends. Of her work, Olowu said in an interview with Vogue: “If you walked into a room with a thousand people in it, and one of the people in her paintings was there, that’s who you’d want to meet.”
A portrait of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
With an already impressive catalogue of work, it will be exciting to follow the trajectory of Yiadom-Boakye's work.