Chris Ofili, ‘i. Untitled; ii. Untitled [Two Works]’, 1998, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

Each: 9 1/2 by 6 1/8 in. (24.1 by 15.6 cm.)

Signature: each signed twice on the reverse

Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York
Private Collection
Phillips de Pury & Co., New York, 14 May 2010, Lots 394 and 395
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

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