"Black Gold II" (2006)

"Black Gold II," 2006
Acrylic paint on wall, acrylic on 25 Dutch wax printed cotton canvases, 130 x 265 inches overall, canvas dimensions variable
Photo by Stephen White © Yinka Shonibare MBE
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

"The piece (Black Gold II 2006) is literally like a sort of oil splash on the wall, with black and gold painted onto the fabrics. I was just thinking about oil becoming a rare commodity—a source of wars because of its rarity. It’s just oil as black gold, but the explosive impact of oil on people’s lives can be traced back to oil."

-Yinka Shonibare MBE