Turner-prize winning painter Chris Ofili is one of Britain’s most revered and diverse artists.
Ofili, championed as the “the Gustav Klimt of the twenty-first century,” by art critic Ben Lewis, came to prominence in the 1990s for creating brightly coloured, technically complex paintings that incorporate unusual materials such as elephant dung (- these materials put him alongside renowned pop artist Peter Max on the naughty step of New York’s “decency commission”.) Concerned with issues of black identity, Ofili’s artwork is an examination of darker undercurrents of society and a celebration of contemporary black culture.
In 2010, Chris Ofili exhibited a range of paintings, drawings and watercolours at an exhibition at Tate Britain. Spanning his entire career, Ofili presented his intensely coloured and intricately ornamented paintings from his early career alongside his more recent subtle paintings of Trinidad and his elegant watercolours. By demonstrating his artistic growth, the exhibition highlighted Ofili’s extraordinary talent. Remaining faithful to a style that relies on a conscious flattening of the picture plane, carefully layered surfaces, and diverse sources of inspiration, Ofili’s paintings and limited edition prints attract buyers from all over the world, his most famous being No Woman No Cry.