British artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye imbues Black subjects in her paintings with atmospheric grace and elegance, with inspiration from historic European painters such as Goya, Sargent, and Manet. Yiadom-Boakye's oil paintings look as if they could have been from a much older era if it were not for the Black subjects that populate her work. This publication displays nearly 80 oil paintings of subjects that are conjured from the artist's imagination, showing their near-tangible spirit through her deliberate brush strokes and rich dark tones. In addition to paintings, the book features writing by the artist plus thematic essays on her artistic development, reflecting the dual aspects of her career as a painter and writer and offering an intimate insight into her creative process.
Hardcover, 192 pages. Measures 9” x 11”. Published by D.A.P/Tate, 2020. Written and edited by Isabella Maidment, Andrea Schlieker, and Elizabeth Alexander. Writing and artwork by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.