Julian Opie

Julian Opie

Julian Opie (born 1958) is a leading contemporary English artist, who uses computerised imagery. He is a former trustee of the Tate Gallery.

Life and work

Julian Opie was born in London and raised in Oxford. After the Dragon School, Oxford, he spent some time at Magdalen College School,Oxford. He is a graduate of Goldsmiths College (1979–82) and achieved some early gallery success, which was an incentive for slightly younger artists in the same college, such as Damien Hirst to do likewise.

His work, derived in part from Patrick Caulfield and Michael Craig-Martin, involves the reduction of photographs (or short films) into figurative reproductions (created using computer software). In his portraiture, the human face is characterised by black outlines with flat areas of colour, and minimalised detail, to the extent that an eye can become just the black circle of the pupil, and sometimes a head is represented by a circle with a space where the neck would be. Opie uses computers in art for other works. His "Imagine you are..." series, demonstrated how activities such as driving, walking and climbing could be represented by simple reductions. In addition, Opie uses sculpture and light installations to present items of everyday life.

Julian Opie's style was brought into the public eye when he was asked to design the cover for the British band, Blur's best of album. On the cover, the band members (clockwise from top left) Graham Coxon, Alex James, Dave Rowntree and Damon Albarn are transformed into Opie's style. Also, in 2005 and during Irish rock band, U2, Vertigo world tour, he showed another LED screen on part of stage set displaying an aimless walking man figure. [ [http://www.e-flux.com/shows/view/5030 "Julian Opie: Walking on O’Connell Street"] at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, e-flux, 18 January 2008.]

Julian Opie also implements computer technology by cutting out the outlines and coloured shapes, sometimes on vinyl, as in large display banners at Tate Britain. Opie is a former trustee of the Tate Gallery and exhibits with Lisson Gallery and Alan Cristea Gallery in London. His studio and workshop is based in Shoreditch, London. He was the subject of a film by Illuminations in their the EYE series, in which they profile contemporary visual artists in Britain. He was also the subject of a book by Mary Horlock published by Tate Publishing as part of their Modern Artist series.

Opie created a monument to singer Bryan Adams while he was in Indianapolis because he has a "FM-rock, big-open-sound, low-slung-guitar feel that was appropriate enough." He felt that this type of pose holds a similar sexuality that his works with women (such as his work with Kate Moss) have, though when he paints women they are often more blantantly sexually charged. [citation | title= Julian Opie | author=Robert Ayers | publisher=ARTINFO | year=2006 | date= August 31, 2006 | url=http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/19454/julian-opie/ | accessdate=2008-04-22 ]

In 2008, the four-sided LED Sculpture Ann Dancing was installed in Indianapolis, Indiana as the first artwork on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

See also

* The National Portrait Gallery Collects


*2001 Music Week CADS, Best Illustration for "Best of Blur"
*1995-96 Residency at the Atelier Calder in Saché, France
*1995 Sargant Fellowship at the British School in Rome


* Horlock, Mary (2004) "Julian Opie" London: Tate Publishing Ltd ISBN 1-85437-470-2

External links

* [http://www.julianopie.com/ Julian Opie official site]
* [http://www.lissongallery.com/#/artists/julian-opie/ Lisson Gallery]
* [http://www.alancristea.com/ Alan Cristea Gallery]

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