Not on display
- Chris Ofili born 1968
- Oil paint and charcoal on canvas
- Support: 2797 × 1985 mm
- Presented by the artist 2014
This work draws from the character of the blue devil in folklore from Trinidad, where Ofili lives. At carnival time, people from the town of Paramin dress up as devils and cover themselves in blue paint terrorising onlookers with blood, snakes and frogs. In the tradition of carnival, these blue ‘devils’ have permission to behave in a menacing and intrusive manner that would normally be prohibited by society. Ofili associates them with the ‘boys in blue’, the British police. The barely discernible images in the painting suggest a misconduct occurring in a state of near invisibility.