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 deceptively simple etching masterfully details an erotic encounter, illustrating the artist's penchant for sensuality and sexuality. Delicate lines describe the outlines of two figures—a man and a woman—heads lowered toward each other in anticipation of an embrace. Their profiles are echoed in the lower part of their bodies, an eye is visible on the abdomen of either figure as they lean inwards to kiss. Lower still a puckered mouth, or indeed the suggestion of female genitalia, can be decried, whilst the man's hand morphs into a phallus-like shape with its protruding finger.