Riddle of the Sphinx

Chris Ofili (1968 - )

giclee black and white print on paper

  • About the work
    Country: Other
    City: at framer
  • About the artist
    Chris Ofili was born in Manchester and studied at Chelsea School of Art from 1988 to 1991. While studying for his MA at the Royal College of Art in 1992, he was awarded the British Council travel scholarship to Zimbabwe. Of Nigerian descent, Ofili found in Zimbabwe an opportunity to reconsider his own identity at home in Britain and how he was perceived abroad. He began to incorporate elephant dung and decorative dots into his canvases, as well as drawing on a variety of influences from Black British culture, including magazines, music and mainstream media. Ofili was included in the influential Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1997. He had a major exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1998, and won the Turner Prize the same year. Ofili was the first Black artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2002. His work is held in international collections including the Tate Collection and he was appointed CBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to art. Ofili moved to Trinidad in 2005 and now divides his time between the Caribbean, London and New York.
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    Riddle of the Sphinx
    Portfolio Title
    Greek Myths
    Number 1 in an edition of 500
    giclee black and white print on paper
    height: 29.7 cm; width: 21.0 cm
    Purchased from Victoria Miro, March 2022
    Victoria Miro, London UK; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 28 March 2022
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