Tate Britain Exhibition

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Elephant 2014 © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

The first major survey of the celebrated London-based painter

Widely considered to be one of the most important painters of her generation, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British artist and writer acclaimed for her enigmatic portraits of fictitious people.

Her paintings often allude to historic European portraiture – notably Francisco de Goya, John Singer Sargent and Édouard Manet – yet in subject matter and technique her approach is decidedly contemporary. Through her focus on the depiction of imagined black characters Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings raise important questions of identity and representation.

This exhibition will bring together over 80 paintings and works on paper from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date.

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

Painting of four young men wearing green jumpers and boxer shorts, against a green background

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Complication 2013 Private Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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London SW1P 4RG
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20 May – 31 August 2020

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