The subject of this painting sits serenely, eyes closed, seemingly deep in thought. Yiadom-Boakye’s talent for presenting her fictional characters as fully real, complex beings is striking – when combined with the irresistibly intriguing title, the viewer cannot help but wonder what the man portrayed is musing on in his moment of contemplation.
Coterie of Questions
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life
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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a London born British artist and writer. She works in oils, painting fictional figures in non-specific settings, with titles that encourage the viewer to make up their own story. Studying at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Falmouth College of Arts and the Royal Academy Schools, Yiadom-Boakye’s work is comprised of traditional figurative elements, painted in contemporary style. She won the Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize in 2012, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013.