Chris Ofili’s paintings, watercolours, and assemblages came to broad attention in the 1990s and he has continued to paint and sculpt works that reflect on black culture and its portrayal. Early works featured characters from B-grade ‘blaxploitation’ films and funk, hip-hop and reggae music scenes. Ofili reworks them as politically engaged superheroes expressing the need for change. Following his move from England to Trinidad in 2005, his colour palette and compositions became increasingly pared back and abstracted. These recent works combine references to sensual as well as biblical themes, with an exploration of Trinidad’s landscape and mythology.
Triple Eye Vision 2000–02 employs innovative materials, including glitter, paper collage, resin and elephant dung, to seduce and surprise at first glance. It belongs to a major body of work created early in the 2000s that used protrusions of dung both within the canvas and as supports or feet for his paintings. The inclusion of dung appears to work against conventional ideas of value; it also evokes consumption as a cyclical process, with by-products and waste.