Here are Chris Ofili's responses to a questionnaire from London's weekly Time Out
magazine, first published in the edition of September 10-17, 1997. The artist's comments reflect his ironic stance between cultural traditions and the contemporary art scene.
What Makes Britain's Artists the Best in the World?
Please answer the following questions and return to Elaine Paterson, Features Editor, Time Out magazine, 251 Tottenham Court Road, London.
Name: Chris Ofili
Date of birth:
"The days of Herod the King" Matthew 2:1
How many hours a week on average do you spend working?
a. Under 10; b. 11-20; c. 21-30; d. 31-40; e. 41-50; f. Over 50
"Forty days and forty nights" Matthew 4:2
Are your average annual earnings:
a. £10,000 or under; b. £11,000-£20,000; c. £21,000-£30,000; d. £31,000-£40,000; e. £41,000-£50,00;0 f. £51,000-£100,000; g. Over £100,000
"Five loaves and two fishes" Matthew 14:17
Is painting dead?
Yes. . . No. . . Other
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again." Ecclesiastes 3:20
What form of transport do you most often use?
a. Underground; b. Buses; c. Trains; d. Pedal bike; e. Car; f. Other
"The Lord delivers"
If you weren't an artist, which of the following would you most like to be?
a. Popstar; b. Supermodel; c. Mechanic; d. Doctor; e. Unemployed
"And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool" Ecclesiastes 2:19