For the Unknown Runner (2011)
Edition of 300
Lithograph on Somerset 300gsm Soft White Velvet paper. Produced by Paupers Press, London.
76 x 60cm
Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
Chris Ofili creates paintings inspired by personal experience, race, folklore, biblical narrative, and for the last few years the island of Trinidad where he lives. In 'For the Unknown Runner' a figure, somewhere between super-athlete and mythical being, sprints past a watching crowd. The figure is framed by a vase motif - a reference to the Ancient Olympic Games, which provided an arena for artistic and cultural expression as well as sporting excellence. 'For the Unknown Runner' is a powerful dedication to both Olympic history and the future stars of the London 2012 Games.