Exalting in the exuberance of color and sexuality, Chris Ofili's work tackles themes of racial stereotyping, prejudice, love, and gender. After winning the prestigious 1998 Turner Prize, Ofili swiftly rose to prominence and was an integral part of YBAs which first flourished in the late 1990s. Despite utilizing traditional and earthy allusions his art is always stridently contemporary. His sense of humor and use of decorative elements… Read more
About the artwork
Ofili instills his print with a distinct sense of orientalism, employing Japanese Gampi paper as well as Asian emblems and motifs over a deeply layered surface of aquatint and spitbite. The organic forms—leaf-life or indeed vulvar in nature—reveal an ancient figure at their center. Bearing a pine cone shape symbolic of the Third Eye on his head and a long flowing white beard, this is clearly the healer mentioned in the title. The artist first invented this mystical being during a lunar eclipse, inspired by "the forms in the clouds hovering over the hills that night".