Lubaina Himid | Artist Overview

Initially trained in theatre design, Himid is known for her innovative approaches to painting and to social engagement. 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 and in 2018 she was bestowed with the honorary title of CBE for her contributions to the arts.

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“I try to work out how on earth I could actually survive as a human being if I ever got to the other side of the ocean … you’d hang on to those little talismans, if you could. Of course, that’s why the strategy is always to strip people of those things, but we still try to hang on and look forward.”

Lubaina Himid