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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s huge retrospective of works at the Tate Britain.

The Ruskin is delighted at the success of our recent studio tutor Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and her huge retrospective of works at the Tate Britain.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye A Passion Like No Other 2012 Collection of Lonti Ebers © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye / Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Condor And The Mole 2011, Arts Council Collection London, UK © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye / Arts Council Collection London, UK © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Recent Ruskin studio tutor Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's huge retrospective of works is now open at the Tate Britain.  The exhibition brings together around 80 works from 2003 to the present day in the most extensive survey of the artist’s career to date. 

The figures in Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings are not real people – she creates them from found images and her own imagination. Both familiar and mysterious, they invite viewers to project their own interpretations, and raise important questions of identity and representation. 

Often painted in spontaneous and instinctive bursts, her figures seem to exist outside of a specific time or place. Her paintings are coupled with poetic titles, such as Tie the Temptress to the Trojan 2016 and To Improvise a Mountain 2018. Writing is central to Yiadom-Boakye’s artistic practice, as she has explained: ‘I write about the things I can’t paint and paint the things I can’t write about.’

Lynette's exhibition at the Tate Britain, 'Fly in League with the Night' is open until 9 May 2021.

For further information and to book tickets please click here.