Selected Works

The African Library, 2018
4 852 hardback books, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, gold foiled names and website
Variable Dimensions
Wind Sculpture (SG) III (for Norval Foundation), 2018 - 2019
Steel armature with hand painted fiberglass resin cast
Work: 700  x 254 x 200 cm
Post-Colonial Globe Man, 2018
Fibreglass sculpture, hand painted with Batik pattern, and steelbase plate or plinth
Figure: 160 x 63 x 45 cm Globe: 80 x 80 x 80 cm Work: 240 x 80 x 80 cm
General of Tivoli, 2018
Fibreglass sculpture, hand-painted with Batik pattern, and steelbase plate or plinth
Work: 145.5 x 59 x 40 cm Plinth: 60 x 60 x 60 cm
Julio-Claudian, A Marble Torso of Emperor, 2018
Fibreglass sculpture, hand-painted with Batik pattern, and steelbase plate or plinth
Work: 143.5 x 81 x 53 cm
Clementia, 2018
Fibreglass sculpture, hand-painted with Batik pattern, and steelbase plate or plinth
Figure: 143.5 x 81 x 53 cm Plinth: 70 x 90 x 70 cm
Planets in my Head, Young Photographer, 2019
Costumed figure sculpture, camera and tripod
Work: 134 x 114 x 75 cm
Planets in my Head, Young Artist, 2019
Fibreglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, globe, steel baseplate, easel, canvas, and acrylic
Work: 153 x 186 x 80 cm
Fake Death Picture (The Suicide – Manet), 2011
Digital chromogenic print
Frame: 148.5 x 180.9 x 4.1 cm
Fake Death Picture (The Death of St Francis – Bartolome Carducho), 2011
Digital chromogenic print
148.9 x 182.8 x 4.1
How to Blow up Two Heads at Once (Gentlemen), 2006
Tow life-size fibreglass mannequins, guns, Dutch was printed cotton, leather riding boots
Each figure 175 x 160 x 40 cm
The Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour, 1997-1998
Reproduction furniture, fire screen, carpet, props, Dutch wax printed cotton textiles
Dimensions variable, approx. 260 x 488 x 530 cm
Dorian Gray, 2001
11 black and white resin prints and 1 digital Lambda print
each 85 x 104 cm; overall: 330 x 445 cm


Yinka Shonibare CBE (b. London, UK, 1962 -) moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to the UK to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and Goldsmiths College, London, where he received his Masters in Fine Art.

He has become known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalization. Through his interdisciplinary practice, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through a political commentary of the interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories. Shonibare uses citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities.

In 2002, he was commissioned to create one of his most recognised installations, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation for Documenta XI. In 2004, he was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 2008, his mid-career survey began at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; touring to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C. In 2010, his first public art commission Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, and was acquired by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

In 2013, he was elected as a Royal Academician and in 2017, Wind Sculpture VI was featured in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of the Arts, London as part of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Shonibare was also commissioned by the Yale Center for British Art to create Mrs Pinckney and the Emancipated Birds of South Carolina for inclusion in ’Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World’, which went on display at Kensington Palace, London in 2017.

His recent commission with the Public Art Fund, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, is now on permanent display at Davidson College, North Carolina.

He was awarded the honour of ‘Commander of the Order of the British Empire’ in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.

His work is included in notable museum collections including Tate, London; the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago among others.