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- Composition: Ceramic
- Dimensions: Depth: 17 cm
- Product code:58010023TD
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About the work
Yinka Shonibare Plate, Yinka Shonibare. Small plate. Fine bone china tea set. Limited edition. The artist has used a combination of historical text and imagery from the Tate archive to create a unique and beautiful tea set.
About the artist
One of Yinka Shonibare’s most celebrated work is ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ commissioned for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth in 2010 (using African textiles instead of plain canvas, for the billowing sails). Shonibare's West African heritage has been at the heart of his work since he started exhibiting in 1988, when he began using ‘Dutch-wax' dyed fabrics, commonly found in Western Africa, both for wall-mounted works (as pseudo paintings) and for sculpted figures. Generally perceived as ‘authentic', such materials were used by Shonibare as a way of deconstructing the more complex histories that determine these and other images of ethnicity. Fusing painting, sculpture, craft and costume design, his work has been impossible to classify by medium alone. In 1999 he was nominated for the Citibank Photography Award on the basis of ‘Diary of a Victorian Dandy’, loosely based on Hogarth's Rake's Progress. This work not only reflects on his own ethnicity in a multi-racial society, but also comments on class distinctions, on popular British taste for period costume dramas and British nostalgia. Shonibare lives and works in London (born 1962).