Raqib Shaw at Festival 2016

An exhibition of new work by Raqib Shaw will be displayed at the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival.

In the second year of White Cube at Glyndebourne, the London-based artist has created three new paintings based on two of the operas at Festival 2016 – Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

A passionate fan of opera, Calcutta-born and Kashmir-raised Shaw is known for his gloriously opulent paintings, which suggest a fantastical world full of intricate detail, rich colour and jewel-like surfaces.

‘Glyndebourne has always had a special place in my heart since I first visited the magical gardens as a student,’ he said. ‘This summer I’m delighted to present a suite of paintings inspired by this picturesque setting and the current programme of wonderful operas and spectacular sets, which I have always loved.’

Festival 2016 ticket holders will be able to enjoy Shaw’s work at the temporary gallery from 21 May when the Festival opens.

Raqib Shaw, Self Portrait as Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)