There’s nothing better than staying in with a good book on a rainy day, but any bookworms who need to be out and about will love using this umbrella developed exclusively with Yinka Shonibare MBE RA.
The underside of the classic black canopy has been printed with a detail from his colourful The British Libraryinstallation, featuring books in his signature 'Dutch-wax' fabric titled with a wide variety of contributors to British culture.
Includes a matching cover for easy storage.
Size: Diameter 96.5 x 56cm extended
Material: Pongee fabric with rubberized handle
About Yinka Shonibare
Yinka Shonibare studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College. 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. He was a Turner prize nominee in 2004 and awarded the decoration of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
He was notably commissioned by Okwui Enwezor At Documenta 10 in 2002 to create his most recognised work Gallantry and Criminal Conversation that launched him on an international stage. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and internationally at leading museums worldwide. In September 2008, his major mid-career survey commenced at the MCA Sydney and toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York in June 2009 and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC in October 2009.
In 2010, he won the Wollaston Award for his work Crash Willy in the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle became his first public art commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.