122cm x 152cm
Acrylic and gold vinyl on wood panel
Lakwena Maciver (b. 1986, London)
Lakwena Maciver is a London-based artist of mixed Ugandan and British heritage. Best known for her murals painted around the world, she has shown in cities including London, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and Vienna, both within the gallery space and in the public realm.
Her work, primarily text-based, employs a combination of words, pattern and acid-bright colour. Her use of text and image re-appropriates the powerful and monumental visual language and lyrical mythologising of commercial advertising billboards and is informed by decoration both aesthetically and conceptually.
Interested in the role of the artist as mythmaker, Lakwena explores how this translates into contemporary popular culture. Concerned with the significance of how and who we decorate, and what this reflects about our values and beliefs, Lakwena positions kaleidoscopic colours, bold pattern and adornment as powerful signifiers to redefine and reassign value and glory.