Chris Ofili

Chris Ofili came to prominence in the early 1990s with richly orchestrated paintings combining rippling dots of paint, drifts of glitter, collaged images and elephant dung - varnished, often studded with map pins and applied to the picture surface as well as supporting the canvas - a combination of physical elevation and symbolic link to the earth. He won the Turner Prize in 1998 and over the past decade has exhibited in many international institutions. In 2003 he was selected to represent Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale, where he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach.

In Ofili's work the rhythmic patterning of painterly and cultural elements - sacred and profane, personal and political, from high and low culture - plays on ideas of beauty while also carrying messages about black culture, history and exoticism. His is a highly seductive art of braided connections that work on many levels, physically and metaphorically. Always displaying linear grace in addition to a surfeit of detail, Ofili's recent works adopt simple, pared-down forms whilst continuing to be just as expansive, dramatic and romantic - full of references to sensuality, sexuality and his ongoing exploration of Biblical themes. Sculpture is an increasingly important element of his work, allowing for further experimentation with form and subject matter. Alongside the recent developments in the artist's material choices, Ofili has remained faithful to a pictorial style that relies on a conscious flattening of the picture plane, carefully layered surfaces, and diverse sources of inspiration.

Born in 1968 and educated at the Royal College of Art, Ofili lives and works in Trinidad. He has enjoyed many major international exhibitions dedicated to his work; in early 2010, Tate Britain presented the most extensive exhibition of his work to date. Other significant solo exhibitions include The New Museum, New York (2014), The Arts Club of Chicago (2010), Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2006), The Studio Museum In Harlem, New York (2005) and Serpentine Gallery, London (1998). Recent collaborative projects include Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, in which contemporary artists were invited by London's National Gallery and Royal Opera House to respond to Titian's works as part of the Cultural Olympiad; Ofilli was also one of twelve artists selected to design a London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Poster. Chris Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 and represented Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.

The Raising of Lazarus, 2007
Oil and charcoal on linen, 278.7 x 200.4 cms 109.81 x 78.96 inches