Yinka Shonibare and India Mahdavi relaunch The Gallery restaurant at Sketch

London’s Sketch restaurant on Conduit Street celebrates its 20th anniversary with a revamp designed by British-Nigerian Royal Academician artist Yinka Shonibare and French-Iranian celebrated architect / designer India Mahdavi.

Sketch founder Mourad Mazouz commented: “‘I was introduced to Yinka Shonibare, and I thought, my God, the master himself wants to work with Sketch. It was like I was dreaming. Yinka’s work is so powerful, intelligent, and mythical, and I am so pleased to share it with Sketch’s visitors from all over the world.”

Describing himself as a ‘post-colonial hybrid’, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA creates work that explores issues of race and class through the media of sculpture, painting, photography, film, tapestries and public works. He was born in 1962 in London, England and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He lives and works in London. Shonibare was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004 and was elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy, London in 2013. He was awarded the decoration of Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or MBE in 2004 and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or CBE in 2019. Shonibare received the prestigious Art Icon Award from Whitechapel Gallery, London in 2021. 

Mahdavi is no stranger to collaborating with Mazouz since she worked on The Gallery’s reinvention back in 2014. She brilliantly paired pink aesthetics with 245 artworks by David Shrigley.

Image: Modern Magic installation by Yinka Shonibare at The Gallery, Sketch, designed by India Mahdavi. Photography by Edmund Dabney