In the studio with Turner Prize 2013 nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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The figures in Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s portraits are all fictions, conjured from a scrapbook of memories. Each one is completed in a single day, because, as she puts it: ‘Coming back to a work never improves it’.  The paintings are carefully ambiguous – clothing is generic, the setting is hard to discern and even the gender of the subjects is uncertain. On the eve of the 2013 Turner Prize exhibition in Derry, TateShots visited her at her studio in London’s Bethnal Green.

Yiadom-Boakye was nominated for the Turner Prize on the strength of her solo exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery.

Turner Prize 2013, is at Ebrington, Derry-Londonderry to 5 January 2014.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday 2 December 2013.

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