The Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili has created a suite of artworks especially for Tate Members, due to appear on membership materials and around the gallery from October
The 10 works are inspired by the Greek myths of Prometheus and Narcissus and utilise watercolour, pastels and charcoal or ink on paper. Ofili is the latest artist to take up the Tate Members commission, following David Shrigley, Jim Lambie and, most recently, Fiona Rae. He came to prominence in the early 1990s with his richly orchestrated and highly complex paintings, combining painted dots, glitter and collaged images. He went on to win the Turner Prize in 1998 and in 2003 was selected to represent Britain at the 50th Venice Biennale, where he presented his ambitious exhibition Within Reach.
Tate director Nicholas Serota said:
I am delighted that Chris Ofili has accepted the Tate Members artist commission. His 2010 exhibition at Tate Britain will long be remembered for its energy and vibrant colours, while his painting No Woman, No Cry 1998 is one of the most moving images in contemporary art. Tate Members play a vital role in supporting Tate and being able to provide an exciting commission of this kind every two years allows us to demonstrate how the membership supports art and artists.
The new Tate Members artist commission launches in mid-October 2013 and runs until September 2015.