In Lubaina Himid’s paintings you discover the intimate portrayal of women. Her characters are often presented in close pairs, quietly involved in interactions that the artist describes as both complex and ordinary.
This display features Freedom and Change 1984, Himid’s earliest work to depict this subject, alongside more recent work. It traces the way her paintings have explored the intimacy of relationships between women and their longing to connect through dialogue. Even when no human forms are present in her work, Himid uses pattern and colour to communicate emotion. She says of her work: “I am constantly exploring the notion that textile design could be a secret and yet visible language between women.”