Lynette Yiadom-Boakye


Congratulations to British/Ghanian artist Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Main Prize Winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012.

 “The jury has awarded the Main Prize to Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her extraordinary paintings where darkness and light are articulated together, recognizing the quality of the paintings and the social concerns that emerge from them. Furthermore, the jury awards the prize for her complex practice, which extends far beyond painting. Indeed, she is also active in literature as a writer of short stories and is currently working on a novel. She creates one canvas per day and if not completed by the end of the day, the painting is discarded. Therefore, there is no nocturnal rethinking, no pentimenti possible in her activity. Her works are organized around groups of paintings that generally portray imaginary black characters in abstract landscapes. Her paintings do not emerge from a photographic imaginary but from the memory of figuration in the history of painting, including realism with social consciousness and expressionism. Her works thus do not focus on the unique artwork but provide a viewing experience based on a different temporality, and on the recognition of recurring motifs, figures and moods.”

“For Women Who Are Difficult To Love” by Warsan Shire

You are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?

closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.


Art: A Toast to the Health of,” 2011, oil on canvas, 90-½ x 98-¾ in., by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye


Turner Prize 2013

The nominees for the Turner Prize 2013 were announced this morning! 

The artists nominated for the £40,000 prize are:

1. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her paintings of imaginary people, which use invented pre-histories. 

2. Tino Sehgal for his performance work in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and his project at documenta (XIII). 

3. Laure Prouvost for her surprising and unpredictable films-cum-installations.

4. David Shrigley for his solo exhibition at Hayward Gallery, David Shrigley: Brain Activity, which revealed his black humor, macabre intelligence, and infinite jest.

The Turner Prize exhibition will be in Derry-Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013, opening on October 23, 2013. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on December 2, 2013.