In her lush oil paintings, British artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a 2013 Turner Prize finalist and one of the most renowned painters of her generation, conjures elegant figures that appear both quotidian and otherworldly. For her solo exhibition at the New Museum, Yiadom-Boakye has created seventeen new works and conceived of a painted environment specific to the Fourth Floor Gallery. With these paintings, Yiadom-Boakye further establishes her distinctive approach, which embraces many of the conventions of historical European portraiture but expands on that tradition by featuring purely fictional subjects. In spite of their everyday appearances—reclining on a sofa, conversing over coffee, or pausing deep in thought—none of her figures represent real people. The artist’s subjects stem entirely from her imagination, yet even as composites of her mental archive of gestures, postures, and gazes, they exhibit a human depth and confidence that is enigmatic and engaging.