Chris Ofili is without a doubt one of the UK’s most famous home-grown black artists. Having won the Turner Prize in 1998 aged 30, he now resides in Trinidad. Many of his works have been inspired by growing up in Manchester in the 1980’s, religious viewpoints and his love of Hip Hop Culture, especially bands such as Public Enemy, KRS 1 and Eric B & Rakim

Chris’s works shows many parallels with Hip Hop and sampling culture, remixing and re-mastering modern inspirations from art and music to create his own unique takes. He draws on his surroundings to inform his art and commentates on the state of play, exploring areas such as racism, ethnicity and identity.

Lyrcal content is very important to Chris and he has regularly used Hip Hop titles in his work and exhibitions e.g Devils Pie D’angelo, The Healer by Erykah Badu and Pimpin Aint Easy by Big Daddy Kane.

27 January will see the opening of a major new exhibition of work by Manchester born Nigerian artist, Chris Ofili, at Tate Britain.

The exhibition will bring together approximately 45 paintings from the mid 1990s onwards, including No Woman No Cry the piece he created in the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence murder.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition and to make the works open to all, Tate Britain has created a special youth ticket anyone under the age of 26 can enter the exhibition for £5 – usual price is £10 full price and £8.50 for concessions. Just bring along some ID to get this special offer.
Further information: http://www.tate.org.uk/


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