Chris Ofili

For me Pop art was an attempt to dissolve boundaries by using imagery never intended for “high art” purposes. It was also an acknowledgment that the mainstream contained a wealth of rich imagery. But while notions of Pop once implied a dominant culture, today we have far more choices as individuals. I found Pop to have a more standoffish relationship to the world, whereas I wanted to make art about subjects that spoke to me personally. In the 1990s I was cutting out heads from magazines of sports figures, musicians, and celebrities to make images I wasn’t finding in the art world but that I knew were out there in mainstream black culture. I was and still am attracted to things that look graphic, such as the super hero in my paintings, Captain Shit, who was based on a range of sources from Warhol’s Elvis to Picabia’s Adoration of the Calf. I wanted to see if it was possible to make a

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