A new exhibition featuring work from the original British painter Chris Ofili and sculptor Jasmine Thomas-Girvan opens at David Zwirner’s London outpost. Both artists are currently based in Trinidad and have known one other for almost two decades. The exhibition is the first of a series in which artists represented by Zwirner will invite other artists whose work they are inspired by to participate in a collaborative presentation.
Paintings by Ofili are devoted to the figures of Greek mythology; the figures of Calypso and Odysseus from Homer’s epic Greek poem Odyssey curl and unfurl amongst lush abstract backgrounds.
Thomas-Girvan creates meticulous sculptures from found everyday objects such as wood, shells, coral and mangrove hairs which meditate upon Carribean history, colonialism, myth, ritual and literature. 'Jasmine’s work tells beautiful and mysterious tales that are a combination of fragility and dread with a knowing nod towards alchemy and witchcraft of the past, present, and future', says Ofili.
The show, entitled Affinities, runs from 30 August to 21 September 2019.