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In photos: Weaving Magic by Chris Ofili at the National Gallery

I love this work by the Turner Prize winning artist Chris Ofili currently on show at the National Gallery. Admission is free.

Commissioned by the Clothworkers’ Company  (a livery company in the City of London), the large handwoven tapestry by Ofili reflects the artist’s ongoing interest in classical mythology and the stories, magic, and colour of the Trinidadian landscape he inhabits.

Created in collaboration with the internationally renowned Dovecot Tapestry Studio and taking three years to complete, the work fills the Sunley Room at the National Gallery.

The tapestry is a painstakingly accurate weaving of a watercolour – you have to get up to close to see that it really has been made in cloth.

Read the Guardian review here or scroll down for more photos.

About the artist:

Christopher Ofili, CBE (born 10 October 1968) is a British Turner Prize-winning painter who is best known for his paintings incorporating elephant dung. He was one of the Young British Artists. Since 2005, Ofili has been living and working in Trinidad and Tobago, where he currently resides in Port of Spain. He also lives and works in London and Brooklyn. []

National Gallery

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Friday 10am–9pm
The National Gallery
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