Chisenhale Editions

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Siskin, 2012

Siskin, 2012
Hard ground etching on Somerset Soft White Velvet 300 gsm

17.5 x 21 cm
Edition of 25 plus 5APs


Special Thanks to Ian Steadman at Arcane Studios.

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Chisenhale Gallery presents Extracts and Verses, an exhibition of a new body of oil paintings by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Yiadom-Boakye's figurative works are drawn from her own fictitious set of characters and allude to traditions of European portraiture. The way in which an audience might project meaning on to these figures is a key point of interest for Yiadom-Boakye, addressing issues around representation – particularly with regards to black subjects. Her paintings suggest a potential narrative but the people and places depicted are carefully ambiguous ciphers of the imagination. Occasionally there are small traces of specificity, such as clothing or hairstyles, but largely the figures and scenarios appear unfixed. The relationship between the represented subject and the technique and material used to depict it, serves as both a continuation of historical painterly tropes and also a profound challenge to that very history – to the absence of black subjects and their disappearance altogether since portraiture itself became peripheral to contemporary art practice.

To accompany the exhibition Yiadom-Boakye has produced a limited edition work using traditional etching techniques. Siskin is the first in a series of etchings, that relate to a group of paintings representing single figures named after birds.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (born 1977, London) lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Notes and Letters, Corvi Mora, London (2011); Any Number of Preoccupations, Studio Museum Harlem, New York (2010); Essays and Documents, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York (2010); Gasworks, London (2007). Recent group exhibitions include The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); A Terrible Beauty is Born, 11th Lyon Biennial (2011); Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2011).

For more information about the exhibition and to see images click here.