About the artist

Lakwena Maciver creates painted prayers and meditations which respond to and re-appropriate elements of popular culture. Exploring the role of the artist as mythmaker, with their use of acid-bright colour and bold typographic text, her paintings act as a means of decolonisation, subtly subverting prevailing mythologies. Her approach is instinctive and autodidactic, producing visceral, rhythmic and immersive panel paintings, iconic murals and installations.

 

Challenging both the external and the internalised voice of mass media, Lakwena has created works in the public realm internationally, from installations at Tate Britain, Somerset House, Facebook and the Southbank Centre in London, to a juvenile detention centre in Arkansas, a monastery in Vienna, and the Bowery Wall in New York City.

 

Lakwena’s most recent body of work focuses on the interplay between her practices as both artist and mother of two young sons. Responding to feminist author bell hooks’ essay Homeplace (a site of resistance), and in the tradition of African women across the diaspora, Lakwena is painting the walls of her home to create a space of affirmation, empowerment and resistance. Conceived in the context of the continuing threat to the lives of young black men, these paintings counteract various forms of oppression, both subtle and overt. The creation of a space of protection and healing takes on a wider meaning in the current reality of lockdown. The duration of this time will see the artist produce a series of panel paintings to this end, to be documented through the artist and Vigo gallery’s instagram accounts. Our hope is that when conditions allow a selected number of guests will be invited to view the outcome of the project.

 

selected works

Nothing can separate us
2020
Nothing can separate us
2020
This is My Mantra, Tate Britain, London
2016
This is My Mantra, Tate Britain, London
2016
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
2020
Still I Rise, Fort Smith Juvenile Detention Centre, Arkansas
2017
Just Passing Through
2018
Just Passing Through
Queen of the Air
2018
Be Bad Until You're Good
Raise Your Hopes
2017
The best is yet to come
2015
The future's gold
2017
Looking for a Brighter Day
2017
You’ve got the love
2020

selected press/news

Nothing can separate us

2020Acrylic and gold vinyl on wood panel91 x 121 cm / 35 7/8 x 47 5/8 in

Nothing can separate us

2020Acrylic and gold vinyl on wood panel91 x 121 cm / 35 7/8 x 47 5/8 in

This is My Mantra, Tate Britain, London

2016

This is My Mantra, Tate Britain, London

2016

Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

2020Acrylic and gold vinyl on wood panel91 x 61 cm / 35 7/8 x 24 in

Still I Rise, Fort Smith Juvenile Detention Centre, Arkansas

2017

Just Passing Through

2018Street Mural, Las Vegas

Just Passing Through

Acrylic and gold vinyl on wood panel

Queen of the Air

2018

Be Bad Until You're Good

Raise Your Hopes

2017Acrylic on MDF panel152 x 122 cm / 59 7/8 x 48 in

The best is yet to come

2015Acrylic and gold vinyl on wood panel

The future's gold

2017Acrylic and gold vinyl on wood panel 152 x 122 cm / 59 7/8 x 48 in

Looking for a Brighter Day

2017

You’ve got the love

2020Acrylic and silver vinyl on wood panel 121.9 x 152.4 x 4 cm / 48 x 60 x 1 5/8 in