In 50 Dry Palms, Chris Ofili draws on imagery from his time spent in Trinidad, where he has lived since 2005, creating a suite of etchings that depict both everyday life and the mysticism that is deeply rooted in the island nation's identity. Black lines, sometimes soft and lush, other times stark and graphic, illustrate hammocks swinging from palm trees, women reclining in the shade, and the image of an imagined mystical figure, the Healer. Ofili oscillates between figuration and abstraction throughout the etchings, resulting in rich compositions that vibrate with the essence of his adopted home.
Of Trinidad, Ofili has said, "the island is very supportive of that approach in the creative process where things can emerge slowly and be surprising. I'm looking at some of the same art I've always looked at, but museums and galleries are less available to me here. I'm looking more at nature. I'm more in nature, so I'm more aware of its power and beauty."