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.

 

selected works

Installation view: Back in the Air; A Meditation on Higher Ground, Temple Underground Roof Top Terrace, London, UK
2021-2022
Installation view: Lakwena Maciver 'Jump Paintings', Vigo Gallery, London, UK
18 January - 28 February 2022.
This is My Mantra - Tate Britain, London
2016
This is My Mantra - Tate Britain, London
2016
Queen of the Air - Cricklewood Station, UK (Commissioned by Tate)
2019
Basketball Court; Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA
2020
Still I Rise - Fort Smith Juvenile Detention Centre, Arkansas
2017
Older, Deeper, Wider, Higher Power - Facebook HQ, London
2017
This will be a safe space
2020
Tacko
2021
Together We Stand - Seven Sisters, UK (Commissioned by Tottenham Arts Now), 2018
2018
Just Passing Through - Downtown, Los Angeles, USA
2018
Aerial Basketball Painting; Move in Power, Black and Free, High Like Me, Wild Flowers Will Grow (Lingala 2)
2021
You’ve Got The Love
2020

forthcoming exhibitions

7 October 2021 – 18 July 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground

Temple Station's Roof Terrace
10 March – 16 September 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Wild Flowers Will Grow

Arts Club Dubai
17 September 2021 – 17 September 2023

Lakwena Maciver

Map of Big Love

9 September – 13 September 2022

Ibrahim El-SalahiSalah ElmurJordy KerwickLakwena Maciver

The Armory Show, New York

Vigo Gallery
9 June – 9 September 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Jump Paintings

Hastings Contemporary

past exhibitions

25 February – 25 February 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Tate Lates

8 February – 28 February 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Jump Paintings; Part 2

Vigo Gallery
19 January – 5 February 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Jump Paintings; Part 1

Vigo Gallery
14 October – 17 October 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Aerial Basket Ball paintings

1 October – 22 October 2021

Ibrahim El-SalahiLakwena MaciverZak Ové

Black Bold British

Curated by Aindrea Emelife

8 July – 30 September 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Nothing Can Separate Us

Covent Garden
10 December 2020 – 9 May 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Homeplace

Hastings Contemporary

selected press/news

23 January 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Why do artists ignore sport? It’s time for change
Our critic blows the whistle on this cultural failing
 
Jump Paintings; Part 1
19 January – 5 February 2022
27 January 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Lakwena Maciver’s paintings celebrate Black joy on the basketball court
Jump Portraits is a vibrant ode to the beauty, majesty, and divine inspiration of the sport’s most iconic players
 
4 January 2022

Lakwena Maciver

12 Artists Poised to Break Out in 2022, Based on Our Survey of Top Dealers, Advisors, and Curators
 

Lakwena Maciver

A different perspective: the changing status of Black British art
 
Aerial Basket Ball paintings
14 – 17 October 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Lakwena Maciver paints a "vision of paradise" on the roof of London tube station
 
Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground
7 October 2021 – 18 July 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Fiorucci And Lakwena Celebrate Their Rousing Collaboration In Colourful Style
 

Lakwena Maciver

Spin the Ball
 
Jump Paintings; Part 1
19 January – 5 February 2022
28 January 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Lakwena Maciver– interview: ‘I like to think my work will bring hope to people’
 
Jump Paintings; Part 1
19 January – 5 February 2022
12 October 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Frieze And Fanciful Art: London’s Artistic Highlights This Fall
 
Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground
7 October 2021 – 18 July 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Why black Art Matters
I was a sceptic, but diversity in art has been wondrous and may be its salvation
 
Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground
7 October 2021 – 18 July 2022

Lakwena Maciver

Art review: ‘Jump Paintings’ and Back in the Air by Lakwena
 
Jump Paintings; Part 2
8 – 28 February 2022

Lakwena Maciver

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Nets Lakwena Maciver Basketball Paintings
Ocula
 
Aerial Basket Ball paintings
14 – 17 October 2021
12 October 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Frieze And Fanciful Art: London’s Artistic Highlights This Fall
 
Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground
7 October 2021 – 18 July 2022
6 October 2021

Lakwena Maciver

A colourful rood and giant feet: Best Photographs of the Day
 
Back in the Air: A Meditation on Higher Ground
7 October 2021 – 18 July 2022
8 July 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Covent Garden Installation Revealed
The Daily Telegraph
 
Nothing Can Separate Us
8 July – 30 September 2021
8 July 2021

Lakwena Maciver

Lakwena brings her acid-bright, type art to Covent Garden in a takeover of optimism
 
Nothing Can Separate Us
8 July – 30 September 2021
13 December 2020

Lakwena Maciver

Art of the matter: philanthropic initiatives so great you’ll want to frame them
How To Give It in 2020 – and beyond
 
28 August 2020

Lakwena Maciver

Interview with Lakwena Maciver: Message behind the text
Lakwena Maciver is inspired by faith, family heritage, and Black historyy
 
28 January 2015

Lakwena Maciver

The sense of adventure in Lakwena Maciver’s universe
 

Installation view: Back in the Air; A Meditation on Higher Ground, Temple Underground Roof Top Terrace, London, UK

2021-2022

Installation view: Lakwena Maciver 'Jump Paintings', Vigo Gallery, London, UK

18 January - 28 February 2022.

This is My Mantra - Tate Britain, London

2016

This is My Mantra - Tate Britain, London

2016

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

2019

Basketball Court; Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA

2020

Still I Rise - Fort Smith Juvenile Detention Centre, Arkansas

2017

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

2017Leather on ripstop

This will be a safe space

2020121.92  x 152.4 cm / 48 x 60 in

Tacko

2021Acrylic and polyurethane on plywood 226 x 120 cm / 89 x 47 1/4 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

Just Passing Through - Downtown, Los Angeles, USA

2018

Aerial Basketball Painting; Move in Power, Black and Free, High Like Me, Wild Flowers Will Grow (Lingala 2)

2021Acrylic on birch ply

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