Tate Britain presents Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s major survey exhibition Fly In League With The Night. Yiadom-Boakye is celebrated for her enigmatic oil paintings of human subjects who are entirely imagined by the artist. This exhibition brings together over 70 paintings spanning two decades, including works from her graduate exhibition, as well as three new paintings presented here for the very first time.
The most extensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date, Fly In League With The Night was originally presented at Tate Britain in 2020 but was cut short by the national lockdown. UK visitors have a special opportunity to see the exhibition at Tate Britain again, following a critically acclaimed European tour.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Cream and the Taste 2013 Private Collection © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Yiadom-Boakye’s works are created from a composite archive of found images and her own imagination, raising questions of identity and representation. Her paintings are created in spontaneous and instinctive bursts, revealing short brushstrokes and a distinctive palette of dark, dramatic tones.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, A Passion Like No Other 2012 Collection Lonti Ebers © Courtesy of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Her figures seem to exist outside of a specific time or place, inviting viewers to project their own narratives, memories and interpretations. Surveying the development of Yiadom-Boakye’s work from 2003 to the present day, the exhibition will include early paintings such as First, created for her postgraduate exhibition at the Royal Academy Schools in 2003, alongside more recent examples of her best-known paintings including A Passion Like No Other 2012, Amaranthine 2018 and For the Sake of Angels 2018.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night at Tate Britain from 24 November 2022 to 26 February 2023
For more information or to book tickets, visit the Tate Britain website here
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