Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the renowned British artist and writer, presents an exhibition of richly layered drawings and paintings at the prestigious Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The exhibition, entitled “No Twilight Too Mighty“, unveils for the first time seventy elite works dating from 2020 to 2023, and will run from March 31, 2023 to September 10 in the museum’s galleries.
Born in London in 1977, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is renowned for her ability to capture, in timeless works, the moments of happiness, camaraderie and solitude of everyday life. The artist uses rough linen canvases or lush oils to paint fictional characters, who seem to break free under the artist’s brushstrokes, in dramatic settings.
The figures depicted in her creations are not inspired by pre-existing models, but rather by a combination of various sources, such as scrapbooks, observations of everyday life, memories and drawings.Lynette Yiadom-Boakye manages to displace these fictional characters in her works using simple design details. Thus, the addition or absence of clothing and clothing accessories gives them an identity different from their original one. The artist weaves captivating imaginary visual narratives, whose poetic titles in intriguing tones invite visitors to let their imaginations run wild as they subtly perceive her art.
The “No Twilight Too Mighty” exhibition offers a privileged opportunity to appreciate the continuity of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye‘s artistic practice, which creates paintings that resonate with human experience. The artist also returns to the use of charcoal for her creations, a drawing tool that lends added depth to her works and highlights her artistic precision.
Music is also an essential component of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye‘s artistic expression. A carefully compiled playlist accompanies the presentation of her exhibition “No Twilight Too Mighty“. This thoughtful gesture immerses visitors in a particular context, helping them to better grasp the attributes conveyed by the works on display in the galleries of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.