Lynette Yiadom Boakye | the artist
The artist Lynette Yiadom Boakye
Born 1977, London, England.
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Mature love poetry'
Ive been working on a series of portraits. None of them is of existing people, but they are familiar. My roll call is growing and it contains some of my favourite characters. They include grammy winners (gracious in acceptance of awards), revolutionaries, fanatics, anthropologists and missionaries (good for showing us how to live), savages (good for showing us how far we have come and how not to live), radicals and the generally angry, amongst others…
Lynette Boakye was born in London in 1977. She studied at Central St. Martin's School of Art 1996-97, Falmouth College of Art
Lynette Boakye, Saatchi gallery
Two elegantly dressed ladies stand looking at us; one tall, slender and defiant, with hand on hip and eyebrow raised, the other shorter and hunched, a snaking arm wrapped around her companion's waist. Emerging from a dark, firey ground, their lips laden with deathly black paint, they assume a somewhat sinister air. The painting is one of a series of works by the artist that portray the politically astute and active, the powerful elite and their equally privileged dependants.