Chris Ofili (B. 1968)
Afro Luna Lovers
signed, titled, numbered and dated 'Afro Luna Lovers 2003 236/350 Chris Ofili' (lower right)
gold leaf on embossed Giclée print on wove paper
8¼ X 5⅝in. (20.8 x 14.2cm.)
Executed in 2003, this work is number two hundred thirty six from an edition of three hundred fifty plus seventy artist's proofs
Victoria Miro, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2003.
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Chris Ofili, one of Britain’s most prominent living artists, rose to fame in the 1990s for his beautiful, luxuriously ornamented paintings that deal with the black experience in contemporary life. Often sparking controversy for his confrontational, parodic use of stereotype – and for his incorporation of elephant dung into works such as The Holy Virgin Mary (1996), which famously enraged New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani – the Turner Prize-winning artist fuses art history, politics, religion and popular culture in profound, humorous and complex images. The luminously romantic Afro Lunar Lovers is related to Ofili’s British Pavilion display at the 2003 Venice Biennale, where he showed a series of paintings in red, green and black: the colours of the Pan-African flag, devised in 1920 by Marcus Garvey, the father of Black Nationalism.
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