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Poseidon and more art by Yinka Shonibare CBE

Poseidon, 2020
214 x 79 x 47.5 cm (h x w x d)
Unique fibreglass sculpture
hand-painted with Dutch wax Batik and bespoke hand-coloured globe
[SHO 1062]

In this new sculpture British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE reimagines Poseidon, the Olympian god of the sea, earthquakes, floods, drought and horses. The deity is depicted as a mature man with a sturdy build. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of his body. His left hand clasps the folds of this garment, while his right arm is raised above his head in a fist, which would have grasped a trident in the original sculpture. Shonibare’s ‘Poseidon’ is based on a marble statue of Poseidon from the Hellenistic era that was found in 1877 on Melos and now forms part of the collection of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

Shonibare is renowned for making animated figurative sculpture, clothed in Victorian costumes made from Dutch wax batik fabric. ‘Poseidon’ is transformed with the artist’s uniquely designed signature Dutch wax batik patterns, painted directly onto the surface. This work has a hand-painted watercolour globe that depicts a contemporary map and alludes to a universal identity. Seductive in colour and beauty, Shonibare’s ‘Poseidon’ is reimagined for a domestic setting, whilst retaining the dramatic impact of the original Greek masterpiece.



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other works by Yinka Shonibare CBE

Bronze, 2019
Bronze sculpture hand-painted with Dutch wax Batik pattern

Fake Death Picture (The Suicid..., 2011
148.5 x 180.9 cm (h x w)
Digital Chromogenic Print

Fake Death Picture (The Death ..., 2011
148.9 x 182.2 cm (h x w)
Digital Chromogenic Print

Nelson's ship in a bottl..., 2007
plastic
Dutch wax printed cotton textile
cork
acrylic and glass bottle

LEISURE LADY (WITH PUGS), 2001
fiberglass mannequin
3 fiberglass dogs
Dutch wax printed cotton
Leather
shoes
glass
bells and baseplate

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Poseidon, 2020
214 x 79 x 47.5 cm (h x w x d)
Unique fibreglass sculpture
hand-painted with Dutch wax Batik and bespoke hand-coloured globe

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82 x 62 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
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Untitled, 2020
82 x 62 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylic on Paper

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82 x 62 x 2 cm (h x w x d)
Acrylic on Paper

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