Lubaina Himid is known for her innovative approaches to painting and to social engagement. Initially trained in theatre design, she has been pivotal in the UK since the 1980s for her contributions to the British Black arts movement, making space for the expression and recognition of Black experience and women’s creativity. Over the last decade she has earned international recognition for her figurative paintings, which explore overlooked and invisible aspects of history and of contemporary everyday life. In 2017 she was awarded the Turner Prize.
Himid has long wanted to create a publication that offers a lucid account of the key themes and concerns in her work across her career. Produced in close collaboration with the artist in terms of both content and design, this beautifully illustrated volume takes inspiration from her interests in theatre design, architecture, sound, and poetry. Key works reflect Himid’s wide-ranging engagement with the history of painting, political satire, poetry, and spoken word, spaces for feeling safe and for creativity, textiles and the non-verbal messages of pattern—subjects that are all explored here. Featuring conversations with the artist, as well as new writing by Himid herself and contributions by a variety of authors, this engaging and beautifully illustrated publication offers fresh perspectives on the work of one of the most important artists working in the UK today.