Chris Ofili

1968 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Chris Ofili is a mid-career established artist, who was born in the United Kingdom. Chris Ofili was born in 1968. Artists Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Gillian Wearing, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport are of the same generation and same country as Chris Ofili.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Chris Ofili's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United States. The galleries exhibiting Chris Ofili's work include David Zwirner | London in the United Kingdom, Edition Copenhagen in Denmark, as well as David Zwirner | 69th Street in the United States. Chris Ofili most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London (10 May 2017 until 01 July 2017) with the exhibition Poolside Magic. Chris Ofili's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Affinities (29 August 2019 - 20 September 2019) at David Zwirner | London in the United Kingdom and Stützmappe (25 April 2019 - 04 June 2019) at BORCHs Butik in Denmark. Chris Ofili's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Poolside Magic and took place at Victoria Miro Gallery | 16 Wharf Road in London, the United Kingdom from the 10 May 2017 to 01 July 2017.

Chris Ofili in private collections

There are two collectors in possession of works by Chris Ofili at Artland. These collectors include Robert Mollers and Jimenez -Colon Collection, who also has works by other artists including Wolfgang Tillmans, Liam Fallon, and Yung Jake.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

The UK has been an essential centre for artistic production for centuries. While it accrued considerable wealth from colonisation and the rise of its Empire, it was also unsheltered from the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been to a great extent eclipsed by the status of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the 19th century, Britain became a significant hub in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Important artistic movements in British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists related to the Bloomsbury group. Some notable British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili was born in 1968 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1980s growing up. The generation of artists that grew up in, and were inspired by, the 1980s was influenced by a period of fast growing global capitalism, political upheaval, notable wealth differences, global mass media and distinctive music and fashion, including electronic pop music and hip hop. The nineteen eighties was the era of African famine, the height of the Cold War, and also the end of it, as marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall. significant art movements of the era include Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and the international trend of Neo-Expressionism which manifested in Germany, the USA and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). The decade was exemplified by artists like Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel. Street art and graffiti started to gain prominence, key artists of which include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf.

Chris Ofili

  • Artworks in Collections 2
  • Exhibitions 9

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