“Race is something that I can completely manipulate, or reinvent, or use as I want to. Also, they’re all black because…I’m not white….People are tempted to politicize the fact that I paint black figures, and the complexity of this is an essential part of the work. But my starting point is always the language of painting itself and how that relates to the subject matter.”

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
The Courtesy of a Saint,” 2012 (oil on canvas)