Llwyn Hwleyn 13/9/96

Chris Ofili (1968 - )

Etching

1996

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    This set of monochrome prints was produced from etchings made by Chris Ofili between 10th and 17th September 1996 at ten different locations in North Wales. The intricate lines and tightly packed textural patterns are reminiscent of Ofili's visually rich and intensely decorated paintings.

    Chris Ofili was born in Manchester and studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. It was while on a British Council scholarship to Zimbabwe that he was inspired to start including elephant dung as a material in his art - he felt that by introducing it into his paintings it created a tangible link to a part of African culture and heritage that he had experienced at first hand during his visit. Other elements of his later work such as the decorative dots (which refer to the Matopos Hills cave paintings he saw in Zimbabwe) also date from this period.

    Ofili participated in the controversial Sensation exhibition that was shown at the Royal Academy, London, in 1997 before touring to Berlin and New York. A solo exhibition of his work was held at Southampton Art Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1998. In the same year he was awarded the Turner Prize for his work. Since then he has established a reputation as one of Britain's leading contemporary artists and has exhibited his work widely in the UK and abroad. In 2003 he was selected to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale for which his exhibition Within Reach was held.

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    Subjects
    topography, abstract
    Materials & Techniques
    etching
  • Details
    Title
    Llwyn Hwleyn 13/9/96
    Date
    1996
    Medium
    Etching
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Paragon Press, April 1998
    Inscription
    below image: 12/35 / Ofili
    Provenance
    The Paragon Press
    GAC number
    17312/5