Chris Ofili

About Chris Ofili

 Chris Ofili's early work was heavily influenced by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Georg Baselitz, Philip Guston, and George Condo. Peter Doig was doing graduate work at the Chelsea College of Arts when Chris Ofili was an undergraduate, and they soon became friends. In 2014, art critic Roberta Smith held that Ofili has much in common with painters like Mickalene Thomas, Kerry James Marshall, Robert Colescott and Ellen Gallagher, and with more distant precedents such as Bob Thompson, Beauford Delaney and William H. Johnson. Chris Ofili was established through exhibitions by Charles Saatchi at his gallery in north London and the travelling exhibition Sensation(1997), becoming recognised as one of the few British artists of African / Caribbean descent to break through as a member of the Young British Artists group. Chris Ofili has also had numerous solo shows since the early 1990s, including at the Serpentine Gallery. In 1998, Chris Ofili won the Turner Prize, and in 2003 he was selected to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale of that year, where his work for the British Pavilion was done in collaboration with the architect David Adjaye.