Chris Ofili


Currently on view at David Zwirner Gallery in New York City is an exhibition of new work by English-born artist Chris Ofili titled, “Devil’s Pie.” This show will feature works in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing, uniting the artist’s interest in the themes of birth, death, seduction, and salvation. Religious references are also found in these works as the artist repeats and reinforces his imagery through multiple manifestations. Ofili is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, and first drew international acclaim during the 1990’s through exhibiting with the Saatchi Gallery in North London and the traveling exhibition Sensation (1997). Ofili’s work was the cause of much controversy when the exhibition traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art for “The Holy Virgin Mary,” a painting of a black African Mary surrounded by images of black exploitation and close-ups of female genitalia, and elephant dung. The painting resulted in a law suit between the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Mayor of NYC, Rudy Giuliani. Ofili developed as member of the Young British Artists, exhibiting with the Serpentine Gallery and wining the Turner Prize. The same year, the artist represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. In addition to David Zwirner, Ofili is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery.