Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a figurative painter whose oil paintings focus on fictional figures.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977, London) is a figurative painter whose oil paintings focus on fictional figures that exist outside of a specific time and place. Typically, Yiadom-Boakye’s works are completed in one day, a methodical approach that allows her to maintain neutral narratives and lends her paintings an indeterminate feel. At the heart of Yiadom-Boakye’s work is an exploration of the mechanics of painting where she reconstructs the meaning that contemporary painting could hold, in all its unexpected beauty and idiosyncratic details. Throughout her work, Yiadom-Boakye has raised timeless questions of identity and representation in art, bringing awareness to such matters and the shortcomings of art history.