Chinese Wall Painting

Yinka Shonibare, MBE

Location: G/F
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Medium: Emulsion, acrylic on textiles, 27 Panels
250 x 620 x 16 cm
2010

Chinese Wall Painting builds upon the artist’s earlier Toy Paintings, which employed batik textile as an alternative to European traditions of painting on canvas. The small toys around the perimeters departs are yet further from Western artistic convention. Here the animal figures invoke characters from the China lunar calendar. This dazzling multitude of swirling panels, the shape of richly colored moons, thus comes to present a depiction of time, cyclical in nature and wholly decentralized, much like the globalised world we have come to inhabit.

Medium: Emulsion, acrylic on textiles, 27 Panels
250 x 620 x 16 cm
2010

Can you recognize these toys? They come from the Chinese lunar calendar. Different than in the West, these colorful moons and funky panels are made with batik rather than canvas. Still, like us, these toys live in an ever-changing world that never stops turning.

Yinka Shonibare, MBE

Yinka Shonibare, MBE was born in 1962 in London and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. He returned to London to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s College and then completed MFA at Goldsmith College, graduating as part of the “Young British Artists” generation. He was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004. His works are collected by various important organizations such as Museum of Modern Art (NY), Tate Collection (London), etc.

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Location: G/F