Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Flying Painting (birds)
, 2013
Emulsion, acrylic on textile, wire and toys
80 cm diameter Click to enlarge

Biography

Born London, United Kingdom 1962

Lives and works in London, United Kingdom

 

Yinka Shonibare, MBE is a British-Nigerian contemporary artist currently living and working in London. Shonibare’s practice is concerned primarily with articulating experiences of European colonialism and thinking through postcolonial theory via his hallmark medium – brightly coloured ‘African’ batik fabric. Through the cloth, which he sources from London, Shonibare navigates an intricate and subversive history involving Indonesian design, Dutch mass-production, colonial trade routes and African selfhood and independence.

Through inserting the kaleidoscopic colours into a variety of artistic methods and media, Shonibare explores cultural dynamism within the contemporary context of globalisation and increasingly complex networks of international power, dependency, trade and migration and its consequences for racial, national and economic identities.

Shonibare was educated at Goldsmiths College, London (1991) and Byam Shaw School of Art, London (1989).

Selected recent exhibitions include: ‘Prejudice at Home: A Parlour, a Library, and a Room’, James Cohan, New York, New York, USA (2017); ‘Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting’, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (2016); ‘Recreating the Pastoral’, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland (2016); and ‘Yinka Shonibare MBE’, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2016).

 

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Bibliography

Artist website


Exhibitions

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Invasions, Escape: Aliens do it right!
, Carriageworks

Recent Works

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Flight Painting (birds)
, 2013
Emulsion, acrylic on textile, wire and toys
80 cm diameter

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Alien Child
, 2011
Steel armature, MDF, styrofoam glue and aluminium, wadding and batik fabric
115 x 70 x 64 cm

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Alien man on flying machine
, 2011
Steel, aluminium, brass, batik and rubber
250 x 450 x 450 cm

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Alien woman on flying machine
, 2011
Steel, aluminium, brass, batik and rubber
150 x 450 x 400 cm

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Alien Toy Painting
, 2011
Paint, batik, fabric, steel, spray paint and MDF
75 panels: overall 375 x 1860 x 16 cm

Publications

Yinka Shonibare, MBE (RA)

Fabric-Ation
, 2013
Yorkshire Sculpture Park