Heaven Help Us All, 2005
Oil on canvas
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b.1977, London) is a London-based artist of Ghanaian descent who makes oil paintings of fictional figures, self-described as ‘suggestions of people’ that ‘don’t share our concerns or anxieties’, that display a contemporary and political visual within an open, unfixed narrative. She previously studied at Central St Martins, London (1996-1997), Falmouth College of Art (1997-2000) and Royal Academy Schools (2000-2003). Recent solo exhibitions include those at Yale School of Art, Connecticut (2014), Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2014, 2012 and 2010), Corvi-Mora, London (2013 and 2011), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2012), Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2010), Stevenson, Cape Town (2010 and 2009), and Gasworks, London (2007). Selected group exhibitions include: MIRRORCITY: London artists on fiction and reality, Hayward Gallery, London (2014); More Material, Salon 94 Bowery, New York (2014); Turner Prize, Ebrington, Derry – Londonderry (2013); The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); The Ungovernables: New Museum 2012 Triennial, New Museum, New York (2012); Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt (2011); Newspeak: British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London (2010); 7th Gwangju Biennale, Korea (2008); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Coach Shed, Liverpool and Barbican Centre, London (2005) and John Moores 23, Liverpool (2004). Yiadom-Boakye was the 2012 recipient of the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize, which was accompanied by a solo exhibition of her work. She was short-listed for the 2013 Turner Prize and Prestel published a monograph of her work in 2014.