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Yinka Shonibare

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Sketch of Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (Fourth Plinth project in Trafalgar Square, London), 2010 © Courtesy the artist and Bolton & Quinn Ltd.
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Maquette of Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (Fourth Plinth project in Trafalgar Square, London), 2010 © Courtesy of James O. Jenkins
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The Big Three (Ford), 2009 Mannequin, Dutch Wax Printed Cotton Textile, Leather and Wood 175 X 120 X 89cm © Courtesy the artist and Bolton & Quinn Ltd.
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The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Europe) , 2008 C-print Mounted on Aluminum © Image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY
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Colonel Tarleton and Mrs Oswald Shooting , 2007 Colonel Tarleton on Plinth 356 389 X 192 X 152cm © Courtesy the artist and Bolton & Quinn Ltd.
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Black Gold I, 2006 Acrylic Paint on 25 Dutch Wax Printed Cotton Canvases 330 X 673cm © Courtesy of the artist and Bolton & Quinn Ltd.
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Un ballo in maschera, 2004 High-definition Digital Loop, Dallas Museum of Art, DMA/amfAR Benefit Auction Fund © Yinka Shonibare, MBE
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Space Walk, 2002 Printed Cotton Fabric, Fibreglass, Plywood, Vinyl, Plastic, Steel Astronauts Each: 212 X 63 X 56cm © Courtesy the artist and Bolton & Quinn Ltd.
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Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 11.00, 1998 C-type Print 51 X 61 Cm © Courtesy the artist and Bolton & Quinn Ltd.
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Diary of a Victorian Dandy: 14.00, 1998 C-type Print 51 X 61cm © Courtesy the artist and Bolton & Quinn Ltd.
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Dorian Gray, 2001 Black and White Resin Prints, 1 Digital Lambda Print © Courtesy of the artist & 21C Museum
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Fake Death Picture (The Death of Chatterton - Henry Wallis), 2011 Digital Chromogenic Print 58 5.63" X 71.25" (framed), Edition of 5 © Courtesy of the artist & SCAD Museum of Art
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Quick Facts
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Yinka Shonibare, MBE was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London and then at Goldsmiths College, London where he received his MFA.

Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, most recently, film. His signature material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ fabric he buys at Brixton market.

Shonibare has exhibited in leading museums worldwide and participated in seminal exhibitions such as: Sensation, Royal Academy of Arts, London (1997); 49th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy (2001); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); Double Dress, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, touring; Africa Remix, various venues (2005-06) and Check-List Luanda Pop, African Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennial (2007).

In 2004 Shonibare was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 2005 Shonibare was made Member of the Order of the British Empire.  In 2008 Shonibare will present a major retrospective solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Sydney. Yinka Shonibare, MBE is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

(Bio courtesy of http://www.london.gov.uk/fourthplinth/plinth/shonibare_biog.jsp)

(Shonibare personal photo courtesy of  Sal Idriss)

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