Chris Ofili, ‘Habio Green’, 2009, Crown Point Press

Publisher: Crown Point Press

About Chris Ofili

Turner Prize-winning Young British Artist (YBA) Chris Ofili draws inspiration from an eclectic array of popular, artistic, and religious sources, from the Bible and William Blake to blaxploitation films, hip hop, and his Nigerian heritage. His large-scale paintings—combining rippling dots of paint, drifts of glitter, collaged images, and most famously, elephant dung—work together in the service of a complex narrative about African culture, black stereotypes, history, and exoticism. His well-known and highly controversial work The Holy Virgin Mary (1996) comprised oil paint, glitter, polyester resin, and paper collage and depicted a black Madonna surrounded by images of female genitalia extracted from pornographic magazines, and lumps of dung. In 1999, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani had the work removed from the "Sensation" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Ofili's later work adopts simpler, more pared-down forms with similar themes.

British, b. 1968, Manchester, United Kingdom, based in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

The Window and the Breaking of the Window, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
Summer Choices: A Group Exhibition, Crown Point Press, San Francisco
Recent Acquisitions, Bill Hodges Gallery
All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice
Chris Ofili: Night and Day, New Museum, New York