Yinka Shonibare Unveils Artwork Evoking ‘Collaboration’

Saturday, October 24th, 2020

Yinka Shonibare has created a new artwork evoking the “spirit of collaboration”, which will be on display at government buildings around the world.

Each year a British artist is commissioned to produce a print to go on show in diplomatic buildings.

Shonibare, famous for his Nelson’s Ship In A Bottle installation which stood on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, has designed a woodcut print and fabric collage titled Hibiscus And The Rose.

The artist’s new work was inspired by his childhood in Nigeria and his garden in England.

He said: “Hibiscus And The Rose is an expression of cultural exchange between Britain and the rest of the world.

“The hibiscus is a genus of numerous species of herbs, shrubs, and trees in the mallow family (Malvaceae) widely found in many of the warmer temperate Commonwealth countries.

“The rose is the national flower of England and has a long tradition within English symbolism.”