Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)


Self Portrait (after Warhol) 5, 2013
Self Portrait (after Warhol) 5, 2013
134 x 134.5 x 5.5. cm Screen print, digital print and hand painted linen Photographer credit, image courtesy: Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, Photographer: Stephen White

Yinka Shonibare CBE. End of Empire

Large retrospective exhibition at Museum der Moderne - Salzburg

22 May - 12 September 2021  

The retrospective exhibition will present around sixty works from the past three decades.

The theatrical and subversive installations featuring headless figures in historical costumes made of colourful batik fabrics are often based on episodes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which Shonibare transforms into tragicomic tableaux vivants.


G.A.S. Foundation

Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE launches G.A.S. Foundation


One of the world’s foremost artists, Yinka Shonibare CBE, has announced the development of his new artist residency in Lagos, Nigeria, due to open in 2021.

The Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange and developing creative practices through artist residencies and international collaborations.

Based on an idea Shonibare began developing back in 2011, G.A.S. Foundation was established in 2019, launched under the umbrella of The Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK).

Building works for both artist residency spaces in Lagos and Ijebu are now already underway.


Nelsons Ship in  Bottle
Nelsons Ship in Bottle
© 2010 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Nelson's HMS Victory

'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' originally debuted on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and is now permantley on display at The Nation Maritime Museum in Greenwich.The work is an incredibly detailed, scaled-down replica of HMS Victory, on which Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It has 80 cannon and 37 sails set as on the day of battle. The fabrics used were inspired by Indonesian batik, mass-produced by Dutch traders and sold in West Africa.


Wind Sculpture Howick Place
Wind Sculpture Howick Place
© 2014 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Wind Sculpture

Commission for Howick Place

Wind Sculpture, a site specific commision, is permanently displayed as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London. Measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, the work explores the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time.


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