These elegant square cufflinks add that final touch of colour and style to any outfit. Developed exclusively for the RA with Yinka Shonibare RA, they feature a detail from his The British Library installation. The gold titles on the vibrant 'Dutch-wax' fabric reveal contributors to British culture.
Cufflinks come in a presentation box, so would make an ideal gift.
Yinka Shonibare MBE RA studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and Goldsmiths College. His distinctive use of intensely coloured ‘African’ batik fabric, signifying identity and independence, has been one of the recurring themes throughout his career. He was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004, received wide acclaim for his sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle for the Fourth Plinth Commission, Trafalgar Square, and has exhibited internationally including at the Venice Biennale. His large-scale work RA Family Album is currently wrapping the façade of the Royal Academy in the lead up to our 250th Anniversary in 2018, bringing the inside outside with a collage of archive images.
Size: 1.7 x 1.7 cm
Material: Rhodium Plated
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.