Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

1977 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is an established mid-career artist, who originates from the United Kingdom. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was born in 1977. Artists Banksy, Idris Khan and Annie Morris are of the same generation and same country as Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in private collections

It is the collector Louis Kotze, who is in possession of work by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Artland. Louis Kotze also has works by other artists including Ruth Asawa, Mar Hernández, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has been an important centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated considerable wealth through colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the contemporary period, Britain had been largely eclipsed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But in the late nineteenth century, Britain became a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a major movement setting the tone for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Major artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for instance Vorticism, involving artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some notable British artists of the modern and contemporary period include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Born in 1977, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye was largely inspired by the 1990s. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. A number of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most famous member of the group is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive reputation image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a central idea in the 1990s. Works by artists such as Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as significant artists who worked to this idea.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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