Lot 353
  • 353

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
110,500 GBP
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  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
  • Aftersong
  • signed and titled on the reverse
  • oil on canvas


Corvi-Mora, London
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner


London, Corvi Mora, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Notes and Letters, 2011

Catalogue Note

A compelling example of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s fanciful narratives, Aftersong presents us with the figure of a young boy, his upper body twisted away from the viewer. Carefully yet urgently composed in her signature palette of velvety bronze and rich amber hues, the subject’s immaculate loafers and shirt collar perforate the familiar yet eerie vision. Favouring scene-setting and atmosphere over detail, Yiadom-Boakye conquers something truthful and intimately personal, even though all of the characters and stories she paints are made-up: “ I want to think about painting, not the personality of the man sitting with me. I’m far more interested in how we can make people intelligible through paint, rather than getting bogged down in characters. I’m not interested in the personalities of specific people I know. I want the work to be pulled out of the air somehow, to play God and exploit that power of creation in paint.” (Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in conversation with Jamie Stevens, “Interview with Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,” online resource)
The outcome, shrouding the viewer in an ominous mood, recalls a nostalgic image, a memory of the everyday, all the while sustaining an emotional distance riveting the beholder.