Yinka Shonibare MBE RA Debuts New Paintings at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Yinka Shonibare MBE RA Debuts New Paintings at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition presents two new paintings by renowned sculptor Yinka Shonibare MBE RA, which is currently ongoing till August 20, 2017.

Exhibited for the first time in London, these paintings depict angels with African ritual masks over their faces. Here, Shonibare combines powerful imagery from Christian European and African mythologies in order to create a hybrid: what the artist calls “a third myth”. The result is an arresting interruption of classical depictions of angels in Shonibare’s distinctive style.

For the duration of the Summer Exhibition 2017 Yinka Shonibare’s momentous Wind Sculpture VI is installed in the Royal Academy Courtyard.

The artist has also participated in curating the exhibition, emphasising materials and craft that are inspired by artist’s surroundings or memories of their upbringing. This includes a room that focuses on inclusion and diversity, resonating with the artist’s own interest in culture, history and identity. Shonibare has placed works by emerging artists and contemporary African artists who were previously unknown to the Royal Academy alongside well known Academicians.

Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in 1962 in London. He holds a bachelor degree in fine art from Byam School of Art, England and a masters of fine art degree from Goldsmiths College, England. Shonibare’s work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Invasion, Escape: Aliens do it right!, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney (2012); Dreaming Rich, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China (2013); Magic Ladders, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (2014); Pièces de Résistance, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal, Québec (2015); Rage of the Ballet Gods, James Cohan Gallery, New York (2015); End of Empire, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England (2016); …and the Wall Fell Away, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, England (2016); and Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, England (2016).

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