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
This is My Mantra - Tate Britain, London
2016
This is My Mantra - Tate Britain, London
2016
You’ve Got The Love
2020
Still I Rise - Fort Smith Juvenile Detention Centre, Arkansas
2017
Just Passing Through - Downtown, Los Angeles, USA
2018
Queen of the Air - Cricklewood Station, UK (Commissioned by Tate)
2019
Be Bad Until You're Good - Shoreditch, London (Commissioned by Nike Women)
2015
I Remember Paradise - Wynwood, Miami (Commissioned by Wynwood Walls)
2013
Older, Deeper, Wider, Higher Power - Facebook HQ, London
2017
Lift You Higher - Street Mural - Bowery Wall, New York Commissioned by Goldman Properties
2017
Just Passing Through
The Future's Gold
2017
Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
2020
Raise Your Hopes
2017
Together We Stand - Seven Sisters, UK (Commissioned by Tottenham Arts Now), 2018
2018

selected press/news

28 January 2015

Lakwena Maciver

The sense of adventure in Lakwena Maciver’s universe
 

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

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

Still I Rise - Fort Smith Juvenile Detention Centre, Arkansas

2017

Just Passing Through - Downtown, Los Angeles, USA

2018

Queen of the Air - Cricklewood Station, UK (Commissioned by Tate)

2019

Be Bad Until You're Good - Shoreditch, London (Commissioned by Nike Women)

2015

I Remember Paradise - Wynwood, Miami (Commissioned by Wynwood Walls)

2013

Older, Deeper, Wider, Higher Power - Facebook HQ, London

2017Leather on ripstop

Lift You Higher - Street Mural - Bowery Wall, New York Commissioned by Goldman Properties

2017Street Mural, Bowery Wall, New York

Just Passing Through

Acrylic 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

Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher

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

Raise Your Hopes

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

Together We Stand - Seven Sisters, UK (Commissioned by Tottenham Arts Now), 2018

2018Emulsion on wall1645 x 2450 cm / 647 5/8 x 964 5/8 in