I'm long overdue in a post on the amazing contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare whose work is as breathtaking as it is thought-provoking. Shonibare is a London sculptural and instillation artist who deals with the theme of class and globalization, more specifically the complicated relationship between Africa and Europe. So you will often seen African-style textiles on his sculptures which take the form of something commonly European.
Long before he had his giant Ship in a Bottle sculpture in Trafalgar Square, Shonibare was playing with eighteenth century imagery, with astonishing results:
Here are some of his work that reference eighteenth century paintings. Can you recognize all of them?
Others are just plain fantastic: