Chris Ofili's Union Black at the 2003 Venice Biennale Chris Ofili's Union Black at the 2003 Venice Biennale

The piece was first displayed in 2003 at the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 5 years after Ofili had become the youngest winner as well as the first black winner of the Turner Prize.

Ofili's reimagining of the British flag in the pan-African colours of black, green and red, was flown above the Tate Britain in 2010 for the duration of a major exhibition of the artist's work.

Since 2005, Ofili has taken residence in 2005, whilst remaining prominent on the world's stage. The Tate has acquired three other works directly from the artist: Blue Devil, 2014, Untitled, 1998 and his poignant piece R.I.P. Stephen Lawrence 1974-1993, 2013, which paid tribute to the murdered south London teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Ofili's portrait of Lawrence's mother, No woman, No cry, 1998 was part of Chris' winning Turner Prize entry, was a highlight of the Tate Britain's 2010 show.

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