Born in Manchester, England, in 1968, Chris Ofili is known for exuberant, relentlessly radical paintings that recalibrate fixed notions of beauty and test boundaries of artistic decorum. His early works from the mid-1990s are characterized by intensely decorative, multilayered compositions that irreverently employ a wide range of imagery, from Catholic icons to figures from 1970s Afropop comics. Ofili’s approach has developed in multiple and unexpected directions since he moved from London to Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 2005. Although working at a geographic remove, Ofili remains at the center of today’s dialogue on painting. His work has been the subject of two monographic exhibitions: the first at Tate Britain in 2010 and the second at the New Museum in 2014. The Museum of Modern Art was one of the earliest museums to include one of Ofili’s paintings in its collection, acquiring Prince amongst Thieves in 1999.
Artist’s Choice: Amy Sillman—The Shape of Shape
Through April 12
Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now
November 21, 2007–
July 21, 2008
The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now
April 17, 2006
Drawing from the Modern, 1975–2005
September 14, 2005–
January 9, 2006
Artists & Prints: Masterworks from The Museum of Modern Art, Part 2
July 4, 2005
- Chris Ofili has online.