CHRIS OFILI UNVEILS A NEW TAPESTRY, HANDWOVEN BY DOVECOT TAPESTRY STUDIO OF EDINBURGH. ON DISPLAY UNTIL AUGUST 28, 2017 AT THE NATION GALLERY OF LONDON
The work, commissioned by the Clothworkers Company, was entirely handwoven by the Dovecot Tapestry Studio, a world renowned producer of tapestry and fabrics, located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Continuing a century-long heritage of making and collaboration with leading international contemporary artists, the Studio is dedicated to producing extraordinary and engaging works of art by commission from private and public collectors from across the globe.
The images of the tapestry entitled ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’, reflect Ofili’s constant interest in classical mythology but also in the stories of magic, fantasy and popular culture. For the first time in his career, Ofili has transformed an image that he painted with watercolor technique into a tapestry (a very complex and challenging work); he worked in close contact with the Dovecot Tapestry Studio in order to realize this extraordinary multilayer wall fabric characterized by vibrant and creative colors and tones.
At the end of this exhibition, the tapestry will be part of the National Gallery’s permanent collection and will be exhibited at Clothworkers Hall.
Photo by Gautier Deblonde
And for those who do not know him… here’s some information about the artist.
Christopher Ofili is an English painter born in Manchester in 1968, Nigerian origins, well known for his paintings incorporating elephant dung. He began to draw the public attention at the beginning of the Nineties thanks to his complex works that deal with different themes: from excessive decoration to cultural policies, to the stereotypes of black culture. Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 and over the past ten years has organized and presented numerous exhibitions at major international institutions. He was also a member of the Young British Artists movement and since 2005, he lives and works among Trinidad, London and Brooklyn.
During a moment of crisis, Ofili wanted to deepen, enrich and expand the potential of painting by means of brilliant and eclectic collection of materials. Moreover, he started to deal with themes such as identity, prejudice and preconception. His creative and dreamlike paintings represent the synthesis of different influences: art, popular culture that includes comic book heroes, pornography, jazz, hip hop, 70 ‘s black movies and videos.
CHRIS OFILI: WEAVING MAGIC
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