Chris Ofili (born 1968) is an English painter, sculptor and printmaker known for vibrant works that merge figuration and dreamlike abstraction. Often working in a variety of textures achieved by layering paint and collaged materials such as glitter, resin, magazine cut-outs, and elephant dung, Ofili examines the historical and contemporary black experience with references that range from Blaxploitation films and Nigerian cave paintings to political figures and religion. Since moving to Trinidad in 2005, Ofili has drawn inspiration from the island nation’s lush landscapes and local traditions, including its music and mystic folklore.
Ofili’s works have been the subject of solo exhibitions around the world, including at the Tate Britain, London; New Museum, New York; Arts Club of Chicago; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. In 1998, Ofili was awarded the Turner Prize, and in 2003 he represented Great Britain in the 50th Venice Biennale. In 2017 Ofili was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to art.
Chris Ofili has been making prints at Two Palms since 2006. The resulting works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Gallery of South Australia; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI, among others.