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Living Colour: Chris Ofili’s vivid paintings reveal the psychedelic city experience, says Louisa Buck

Article relating to an individual, 1999
Published by: Vogue (Conde Nast)
Year published: 1999
Number of pages: 2

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Two page feature on “Turner Prize nominee” Chris Ofili, written in the run-up to his inclusion in the Turner Prize exhibition of 1998. (By the time this article was published, in the January 1999 issue of Vogue, Ofili had won the Turner Prize). The short piece was written by Louisa Buck and accompanied by a photograph of the artist, and some of his work, by Snowdon. Pages 124-125 of the magazine.

“Chris Ofili’s lush, opulent canvases - where oil paint meets glitter and hip hop blends with art history - defy any easy interpretation. Superheroes strike postures, bosomy pin-ups emerge out of layers of shimmering pattern, and - in one of his most recent paintings - a huge gorgeous woman weeps tears, each containing a cameo photograph of the murdered south London teenager, Stephen Lawrence. “The paintings are about living the moment - about bringing lots of different aspects of my life together,” says the 29-year-old artist, who repeatedly insists that he is “not on some PC mission to save the world.”

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Born, 1968 in Manchester, UK