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Year 9 - Identity: Chris Ofili

A guide to resources on identity in art, compiled by your librarians. Last updated December 2018.

Chris Ofili artwork

Chris Ofili

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.