Universal Music have revealed an exciting collaboration with British artist and designer Yinka Ilori for next week’s BRIT Awards.
The London-based artist specialises in telling stories through design, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Humorous, provocative and fun, each piece of art he creates tells a story. Bringing Nigerian parables into playful conversation with contemporary design, Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.
As part of the commission, Ilori has created a special edition print titled ‘Love in a line’, which will be signed and gifted to each of Universal Music’s nominees, including the likes of Drake, Sam Smith and Ariana Grande.
Ilori has also designed the exclusive invitation for the annual Universal Music BRITs after-party, #UmusicBRITs, which celebrates one of the most significant nights in the global music industry calendar. His unique design, an explosion of colour, will also feature at the party itself, one of the most sought-after invites in showbiz which is attended by a VIP crowd of artists, models, actors and influencers.
Ilori says, “It’s a real honour to be working with Universal Music at such a pivotal time in my career. ‘Love in a line’ is a celebration of our multiculturalism and reminds us that being different is beautiful and okay, which is something I wanted to celebrate through the artwork.”
Ilori who was this week awarded New Designer of the Year by ELLE, recently won the commission to design this summer’s Dulwich Pavilion, a temporary outdoor structure which will open at Dulwich Picture Gallery during the London Festival of Architecture in June 2019. He will also be transforming the Thessaly Road Railway Bridge, Battersea after seeing off stiff competition in another public commission. Last year he starred on the cover of the ES Magazine and was named one of London's most influential people by the Evening Standard.