Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Midnight, Cadiz, 2013, oil on canvas, 70.87 x 78.74 inches.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (UK, 1977) paints fascinating figures, full of enigma. They seem to be portraits, but they deceive the observer; the people portrayed are not real, but are rather imaginary characters who only exist in the world of painting. Drawing from both her own memories and imagination, the British
artist of Ghanaian origin harnesses the idiosyncracies of painterly language to build the physical and psychological traits of the protagonists in her paintings. Lynette Yiadiom-Boakye writes with painting, through a skilful, almost scientific manipulation of color, form and scale. Her strokes are clearly visible, structural,
applied with an instant gesture that does not allow for revision—highlighting the material qualities of oil painting and its living presence, while at the same time allowing for an economy of means that, at times, reveals a raw, unresolved space.
This exhibition presents a group of works belonging to Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection. Dating from 2013 to 2018, the works are highly representative of the artist’s research, in which she analyzes the expressive possibilities of painting while simultaneously unveils its ideological, historical, and contemporary roots.
(Photo courtesy of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.)