I won a pair of tickets to see the Chris Ofili Exhibition at Tate Modern. Went with family. My daughter loved The Upper Room with the 13 paintings of rhesus macaque monkeys. This is my favourite picture (Blossom). It was good to see all his work in one place.
Chris Ofili’s intensely coloured and intricately ornamented paintings are on show at Tate Britain in a major survey of the artist’s career that brings together over 45 paintings, as well as pencil drawings and watercolours from the mid 1990s to today. One of the most acclaimed British painters of his generation, Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 and represented Great Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.
Definite highlights include No Woman, No Cry 1998, a tender portrait of a weeping female figure created in the aftermath of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry and The Upper Room 1999–2002, a darkened, walnut-panelled room containing thirteen canvases depicting rhesus macaque monkeys. Each is differentiated in bold colours, and individually spot-lit.
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