On the deck of a ship (and in a rowing boat, in one case), Himid paints seven men. Of her works on canvas, Himid says that her men ‘fall in love with each other in front of you. They try to say what they mean to each other and attempt to begin to understand themselves by wearing whole outfits in combinations carefully chosen days before they put them on their bodies.’ She describes them as ‘pastry chefs’ – working hard on something to be admired and consumed by someone else.
Ball on Shipboard
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Date of work
Original: Acrylic on canvas 183 x 244 cm Rennie Collection, Vancouver. Photo: Andy Keate © Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania but moved to England shortly after her birth. A Turner-prize winning artists, her paintings, prints, drawings and installations celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora whilst challenging institutional invisibility. The year after she won the Turner prize, she was made a CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to art. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.