Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is probably a household name now thanks to Solange's A Seat at Table album, but many of us art lovers and art makers have been crushing on her for years now. I can't quite remember when I first discovered her work, but I do remember the first piece of hers that pulled me in. It was Mason's Yard. The colors, the composition, and the brush strokes just makes you want to stop and stare.
And if you're a people watcher like I am, you can't help but wonder what's on this woman's mind. Is she thinking about her partner being late for their date or the sermon Pastor preached that morning?
It's up to you to fill in the gaps of the story.
In a 2010 interview with Nadine Rubin Nathan in the New York Times Magazine, Yiadom-Boakye described her compositions as “suggestions of people...They don’t share our concerns or anxieties. They are somewhere else altogether.” This lack of fixed narrative leaves her work open to the projected imagination of the viewer. (Jack Shaman Gallery | Artist Profile)
A R T W O R K F A C T: Each of Lynette's paintings are completed in one day. Doing so helps preserve the mood and the artist's stream of consciousness. Two words: prolific. genius.
And then there's Complication, the now extremely well-known Lynette Yiadom-Boakye piece that inspired Solange's Don't Touch My Hair song from her recent album A Seat at the Table. Read more about artists inspiring artists over on the CRWN blog.
in love and art,