Introducing Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
I was once told that artists are the most the creative people this world has to offer. I don’t disagree with that statement and Lynette Yiadom Boakye is no exception. The London based artist of Ghanaian descent is fast becoming one the leading lights in the art world thanks to her portraits that depict subjects who do not exist outside of her paintings.
Boakye attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools. Her paintings are predominantly figurative with raw and muted colours.
Yiadom-Boakye has shown work internationally in exhibitions, most recently the Gwangju Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor, Korea; ‘Flow’ at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and ‘M25. Around London’ curated by Barry Schwabsky at the CCA Andratz, Mallorca; the seville Biennale 2006, curated by Okwui Enwezor and many others including John Moores 23 at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool, Direct Painting at Kunsthalle Mannheim in Germany, 2004 Bloomberg New Contemporaries at various venues throughout the UK and Blackout at Brixton Art Gallery. Yiadom-Boakye is represented by Corvi-Mora in London and by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York.
In 2013 Yiadom-Boakye was nominated for the Turner Prize for her 2012 exhibition Extracts and Verses at Chisenhale Gallery in east London. For those who don’t know the Turner Prize established in 1984 is awarded to a contemporary artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain, who is judged to have put on the best exhibition of the last 12 months.
She is the FIRST black woman to be in contention for the award in which the winner will receive £25,000 and the other shortlisted artists receive £5,000. The winner will be announced on 2 December 2013 at the Turner exhibition which takes place in Londonderry.
I would like to wish Ms Yiadom-Boakye the best of luck but whether she receives the main prize or not she is still a winner in my eyes.
Lynnette Yiadom-Boakye Me Firi Ghana salutes you!
Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@kwesitheauthor)