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's series of sensual gravures represent 13 variations on the kiss. At times abstract, at times strongly figurative, these monochrome images present a mass of eyes, mouths, and intertwined bodily forms, interspersed with trees and blossoms. These floating shapes of sensuality lazily unfold and billow out—cloud-like—spreading over the page like watered down ink, the medium mirroring the languid eroticism of the subject matter.