Chris Ofili, English Artist ( October 10, 1968 - )

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When I left the Royal College, I decided I would only make paintings that I would want to look at myself, that felt close to my life.~Chris Ofili

Life Myself College

I'm aware that success can overwhelm you. The perception of you can be elevated to such a status that it's not you any more.~Chris Ofili

Success Perception You

The studio is a laboratory, not a factory. An exhibition is the result of your experiments, but the process is never-ending. So an exhibition is not a conclusion.~Chris Ofili

Process Exhibition

I was listening to a lot of hip hop, music like Public Enemy that was about raising consciousness, and I realised I could feed that directly into my work, using images in a way that was a bit like sampling - taking images from diverse places, exploring the contradictions without trying to hide the seams.~Chris Ofili

Work Music Listening

Sometimes, as I feel a door or an exit point in my work is closing, I'll try to create an opening so as not to stifle the creative process, which I see as a process that's never-ending.~Chris Ofili

Work Creative Door

Often I think changes within my work have been seen as sudden changes or sharp changes, but for me they're not that sudden. They have been there in the studio, but not so much in public.~Chris Ofili

Work Changes Me

There's a magic that comes from playing entirely to who you are. I've got my specialist subject - in the Mastermind sense - and I wouldn't change it, or who I am.~Chris Ofili

Change I Am Magic

There was a point in time where the thought of people even talking about me made me anxious. Physically.~Chris Ofili

Time People Me

The studio is a place where I can experiment before I'm prepared for an idea to become a body of work, or a new way of working, or a way of working that can sustain me over a period of time.~Chris Ofili

Work Time Me

When I was painting in art school - and I think many painters in the 1980s worked similarly - a finished painting would often be constructed from lots of other paintings underneath. Some of these individual layers of painting were better than others, but that was something that you would often only realise retrospectively.~Chris Ofili

Art School Painting