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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist in 2005

  • Exhibited

    London, ICA, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2004
    London, Saatchi Gallery, Newspeak- British Art Now, 30 May - 17 October 2010

  • Literature

    Newspeak- British Art Now, exh. cat., Saatchi Gallery, published by Booth-Clibborn editions, 2010, p 39-40

  • Catalogue Essay

    Grammy, executed in 2003, belongs to Lynette Yiadom Boakye's first series of portrait paintings. The classical subject matter, composition and representation of figures is contradicted by the atypical, incongruous detail in the depiction of their features. The paradox created between their glamorous, conventional clothing and the unexpected, almost incompatible depiction of their faces, bold, gestural and impassioned in brushstroke, lends a sense of disquiet to the otherwise harmonious composition. Boakye, in this lot, encourages the viewer to delve beneath the aesthetic superficial to reach the stark and conflicting reality beneath.

  • Artist Biography

    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

    British • 1977

    Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British painter who is a leader in the contemporary renaissance of portraiture. Her subjects are typically depicted with loose brushwork, floating against muted, ambiguous backgrounds that contribute to a sense of timelessness. Known for the speed of her work, she often completes a canvas in a single day and considers the physical properties of paint to be at the core of her practice. 

    Yiadom-Boakye was born to Ghanaian parents in London, where she continues to live and work today. In 2013, she was a finalist for the Turner Prize and she was selected for participation in the 55th Venice Biennale. In 2018, the artist won the Carnegie Prize for painting. Her work can be found in the permanent collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Studio Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among many others. 

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Grammy

2003
oil on canvas
280.1 x 179.7 cm (110 1/4 x 70 3/4 in.)
Signed, titled and dated '"Grammy" Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 2003' and again 'Lynette Yiadom-Boakye 2003' on the reverse.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 ♠ †

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