Chris Ofili Double Captain Shit and the Legend of the Black Stars 1997

Artwork details

Artist
Chris Ofili born 1968
Title
Double Captain Shit and the Legend of the Black Stars
Date 1997
Medium Oil paint, acrylic paint, printed paper, glitter, map pins, polyester resin and elephant dung on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2440 x 1830 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Evelyn, Lady Downshire's Trust Fund 1997
Reference
T07345
Not on display

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Captain Shit is a superhero invented by Ofili, who has appeared in a number of his paintings since 1996. Partly inspired by the Marvel Comics character Luke Cage, Captain Shit is a symbol of black superstardom. The collaged black stars refer to the many untold stories of fame in black history. The distinctive surface of the painting was created by gradually building up layers of paint and resin, combined with paper cut-outs, glitter stars, map pins and elephant dung.

September 2008