Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

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This beautiful clothbound book records a unique collaboration between artist and weaver. ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’ is a spectacular large-scale tapestry designed by Chris Ofili for The Clothworkers’ Company, London, where it will hang after its exhibition at the National Gallery. The title is a nod to Maya Angelou, while the brilliant colour – blues, greens, turquoise, purple – channels Matisse, but Ofili – a Turner Prize winner – now stands as part of a long tradition of artists (many of them represented in the National Gallery) who have created tapestry designs, from Raphael to Rubens, and Goya to Picasso. The evolution of the design and the ambition of the artist are captured here; lavishly illustrated with details of the finished tapestry, Ofili’s sketches and watercolours, and the intricate process of weaving, carried out over three years by Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh.

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery from 26 April – 28 August 2017.

About the artist

Chris Ofili was born in Manchester, England, in 1968, and currently lives and works in Trinidad. He won the Turner Prize in 1998 and represented Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003; in 2017 he received a CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.


Minna Moore Ede is Associate Curator of Renaissance Painting at the National Gallery.

Product Code 1044719
Author Minna Moore Ede
Colour illustrations 77
Dimensions 26 x 19.5 cm
Format Hardback
ISBN 9780993442063
Pages 124
Published April 2017
Publisher Victoria Miro
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