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Chris Ofili artwork
Chris Ofili came to prominence in the early 1990s with richly orchestrated paintings combining rippling dots of paint, drifts of glitter, collaged images and elephant dung - varnished, often studded with map pins and applied to the picture surface as well as supporting the canvas - a combination of physical elevation and symbolic link to the earth.
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In Ofili's work the rhythmic patterning of painterly and cultural elements - sacred and profane, personal and political, from high and low culture - plays on ideas of beauty while also carrying messages about black culture, history and exoticism.
Shock and awe: The art of Chris Ofili
As a black man born in Manchester and now living in Trinidad, half a world away from the endless machinations of the London art world and London's art dealers, how has Ofili defined his own experience of being alive, and succeeded in establishing his own black cultural identity through his art?
Tate Museum - Chris Ofili biography
He studied in London at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1992 he was awarded a travelling scholarship to Zimbabwe, an experience that profoundly influenced his approach to painting.
Carnegie Museum of art - Chris Ofili
With references as diverse as traditional African art, images from popular culture, and hip-hop music, Chris Ofili’s paintings explore contemporary black urban experience
Chris Ofili's bright dung things
Ofili was born in 1968 and brought up in Manchester: his work contains elements of Black British culture and history as well as the visual language of his parents’ native Nigeria. The vibrant clash—a riot of gangster rap vernacular, Pop colors, as well as religious references from the Bible and the voodoo of Nigerian legend