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Chris Ofili


Chris Ofili Biography - ArtLyst

Chris Ofili was born in Manchester in 1968. He studied at Tameside College in Ashton-under-Lyne and then in London, at the Chelsea School of Art from 1988 to 1991 attending graduate studies at the Royal College of Art from 1991 to 1993.

Ofili gained notoriety in the 1990s with his richly constructed paintings incorporating dots and mounds of glitter. The images infamously used varnished elephant dung as part of the medium. It was often studded with map pins and applied in heavy impasto to the picture surface as well as supporting the canvas. A combination of physical elevation and symbolic link to the earth.

Ofili’s work addresses a complex matrix of issues that challenge stereotypes. He won the Turner Prize in 1998 and over the past decade has exhibited in many international institutions. In 2003 he was selected to represent Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale, where he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach.

Interesting Fact: Chris Ofili and Peter Doig have lived and worked since the early 2000s on the Southern Caribbean island of Trinidad.


2004 Honorary Fellowship University of the Arts, London

2004 South Bank Award: Visual Arts, London

1998 Turner Prize, Tate Gallery, London

1992 British Council Travel Scholarship, Zimbabwe, Africa

Chris Ofili

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