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Chris Ofili - profile

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1998
Published by: Serpentine Gallery
Year published: 1998

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Single sheet A4 portrait/monochrome photocopy (original)/produced to accompany an exhibition

Title: Chris Ofili
Source: Serpentine Gallery
No author attributed - produced by the gallery

Short profile of the artist, Chris Ofili at the time of his solo exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in 1998. Profile briefly describes this phase of development in his painting practice and lists some of the artists and themes that have influenced his work. From the article: “Although Ofili has continued to celebrate pattern and decoration in his art, over the past two years, he has gradually introduced into his paintings images drawn from the incongruous worlds of art history, comic strips, pornography, sport and music. In Ofili’s world, kitsch hangs out with sophistication, beauty plays with ugliness and the sacred clashes with the profane. His work swallows whole a diverse range of styles and influences: William Blake, Jean-Michael Basquiat, West African textiles, Matopos cave painting as well as Mohammad Ali, hip hop diva Lil’ Kim, Blaxploitation films and the sexual underworld of Kings Cross.”

Related people

»  Chris Ofili

Born, 1968 in Manchester, UK

Related exhibitions

Related venues

»  Serpentine Gallery

London, United Kingdom

»  Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton, United Kingdom

»  Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom