Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is a British painter of Ghanaian descent whose trademark style of portrait painting is shaped by European painters like Édouard Manet (1832-83) and Francisco Goya (1746-1828), but with a focus on Black subjects. Her figures are not portraits of real people, but products of her imagination that have an otherworldly quality. Like a fiction writer, she creates characters with complex personalities, but unlike an author she does not place them in a specific time or setting. They are frequently painted in nondescript clothing, in a dark palette on a monochromatic background. The artist describes her style as “one-shot painting”, meaning that she tries to start and finish each work on the same day.


  • Title: Tambourine
  • Creator: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
  • Creator Birth Place: London, England
  • Date Created: 2010
  • Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Physical Dimensions: 98 3/8 x 74 3/4 inches (249.9 x 189.9 cm)
  • Type: Painting
  • Publisher: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Rights: © Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Museum purchase with funds provided by Marjorie and Michael Levine. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Corvi-Mora, London.

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