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Title

Alien toy painting

2011

Artist

Yinka Shonibare

England

1962 -

Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
Alternate image of Alien toy painting by Yinka Shonibare
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  • Details

    Date
    2011
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Mixed media painting
    Materials used
    cotton fabric, polymer paint, wood, steel, plastic toys
    Dimensions
    overall display dimensions variable
    Credit
    Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    358.2012.a-www
    Copyright
    © Yinka Shonibare, MBE

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    Yinka Shonibare

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Yinka Shonibare is a London-based artist who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, before returning to London to study at the Byam Shaw School of Painting and Drawing in 1984. Four year later Shonibare continued his artist education at Goldsmiths College where he first made artistic use of ‘African-style fabrics’ - a transcultural textile inspired by Indonesian Batik design, produced by a Dutch manufacture, and sold in markets around the world including London’s Brixton Market. Shonibare’s use of this fabric is seen throughout his body of work, including sculpture, mixed-media installation, film, photography and, replacing linen, as canvas for painting.

    Shonibare’s first large-scale painting installation was created in 1994 with a work entitled ‘Double Dutch’. Referencing the modernist grid, this early work presented 50 rectangular paintings that were identical in shape and spaced evenly on the wall. In contrast ‘Alien toy painting’ offers an alternative system of ordering, signification, and meaning. In particular, the use of alien toys in the work signify the experience of social alienation and cultural exclusion, while referencing the inherent globalism attached to mass-produced commodities.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication