An installation consisting of a specially designed panelled room that Ofili created in collaboration with the architect David Adjaye.
The Upper Room by Chris Ofili, 1999–2002
Courtesy Chris Ofili - Afroco and Victoria Miro Gallery. Photography: installation view, David Lambert.
- Canvas with mixed media; walnut veneered plywood; elephant dung supports Dimensions: 1-12) 183.6 x 122.3 cm; 13) 244.2 x 183 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £75,000 ( Total: £600,000)
- Acquired in:
- Victoria Miro Gallery
Twelve smaller canvases line the two sides with a larger canvas on the end wall. Each canvas depicts a profile of a rhesus macaque monkey in a different colour and named in Spanish on two elephant dung supports. The canvas at the head of the room shows a larger monkey in gold facing forward bringing to mind a beatific Buddha as well as a Christ figure or an alpha male simian. Each canvas is brightly lit as though it were stained glass.
Victoria Miro Gallery.