Leffler writes: "Lynette Yiadom-Boakye paints portraits. More than that, she explores the history of portrait painting. There exists in her works a link between the sitters, poses, even the costumes and colors of artists as diverse as Holbein, Courbet, Manet, John Singer Sargent, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas and Barkley L. Hendricks. What makes Yiadom-Boakye’s paintings stand out from these other artists, though, is that Yiadom-Boakye doesn’t paint real people. And yet, she manages not to paint stereotypes or archetypes either."
Figgis writes that Yiadom-Boakye is "Clearly influenced by old masters like Goya and Valazquez, she hints only slightly at a narrative. Her use of light and dark creates a theatricality that conveys a familiar mood."
Edited by artist Brett Baker, Painters' Table highlights writing from the painting blogosphere as it is published and serves as a platform for exploring blogs that focus primarily on the subject of painting.