Tate Britain Exhibition

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Fly In League With The Night

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye A Passion Like No Other 2012 Collection of Lonti Ebers  © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The first major survey of one of the most important painters working today

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people. This exhibition will bring together around 80 paintings and works on paper from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date.

The figures in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings are not real people – she creates them from found images and her own imagination. Both familiar and mysterious, they invite viewers to project their own interpretations, and raise important questions of identity and representation.

Often painted in spontaneous and instinctive bursts, her figures seem to exist outside of a specific time or place. Her paintings are coupled with poetic titles, such as Tie the Temptress to the Trojan 2016 and To Improvise a Mountain 2018. Writing is central to Yiadom-Boakye’s artistic practice, as she has explained: ‘I write about the things I can’t paint and paint the things I can’t write about.’

Yiadom-Boakye was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Prize in 2018 and was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013.

Painting of two girls standing on a beach with bare feet

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Condor And The Mole 2011 Arts Council Collection (London, UK) © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Portrait of a woman staring side on

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye The Cream And The Taste 2013 Private Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Tate Britain

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
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Dates

20 May – 31 August 2020

Tate Britain is open until 22.00 on the first Friday of every month (except January) for Late at Tate Britain

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£13 / FREE for Members

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