Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Amazingly Creative and Inspiring Works of British Nigerian- Yinka Shonibare

50 year old Yinka Shonibare, MBE is a painter, photographer, filmmaker, and installation artist whose work is influenced by the culture of Nigeria his fatherland where he grew up, and England, where he studied and now lives. He decided to become an artist at the age of 19.  A month into his arts course he became seriously ill with a rare viral infection, which attacked his spine and left him temporarily paralyzed. He spent much of the next three years in physiotherapy. He is now paralyzed down one side and walks using a stick. But this did not slow down the enormously talented Shonibare who graduated with an MA from Goldsmiths College in 1991, and since that time has forged links with arts organisations that have enabled him to support his creative practice and to build networks. Most of his work come alive with the vibrant colours of the African Prints he uses.
Yinka Shonibare

The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters (Asia), 2008

Boy With Fishing Rod on Stilts, 2006

In 2004 he was nominated for the Turner Prize and was awarded the MBE. Most recently Shonibare’s work, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, was the 2010 Fourth Plinth Commission for Trafalgar Square. It was the first commission by a black British artist. Since the 1990s he has exhibited his films, photographs, paintings and sculptural tableaux internationally at leading museums worldwide.

How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Ladies), 2006

 Photo Credit :Yinka Shonibare's FB Page

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