Chris Ofili is known for vibrant works that merge figuration and dreamlike abstraction. The artist creates a variety of textures in his works by layering paint with various collaged materials, such as: glitter, resin, magazine cut-outs and elephant dung. Ofili's work examines the historical and contemporary Black experience, referencing Blaxploitation films, Nigerian cave paintings, political figures, religion and more. Since moving to Trinidad in 2005, Ofili has drawn inspiration from the island nation’s lush landscapes and local traditions, including its music and mystic folklore.
Chris Ofili, born in 1968, is an English painter, sculptor and printmaker.
Ofili's works have been the subject of solo exhibitions around the world, including at: the Tate Britain in London, UK; the New Museum in New York City; Arts Club of Chicago in Illinois; Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover, Germany; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City.
In 1998, Ofili was awarded the Turner Prize, and in 2003 the artist represented Great Britain in the 50th Venice Biennale. In 2017, Ofili was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to art.
Ofili has been making prints at Two Palms since 2006. The resulting works can be found in the collections of: the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in Texas; The Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Massachusetts; and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Kalamazoo, Michigan; among others.