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Crossing – Julian Opie

Crossing, 2021

A series of eight colour changing lenticular acrylic panels back-mounted with 3mm Dibond, presented in white wooden frames specified by the artist

43 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 23 1/4 in each | 111 x 3.8 x 59 cm each

Edition of 50

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Description

Julian Opie is a contemporary British artist known for his distinctive style that simplifies detail and reduces subjects to their essential forms. Born in 1958 in London, Opie has become a prominent figure in the art world, recognized for his innovative approach to portraiture and landscapes. His work is characterized by the use of minimal lines and flat areas of color, drawing inspiration from various sources including billboard signs, classical portraiture, and Japanese woodblock prints.

Opie’s art often features stylized figures and faces, devoid of individual characteristics, which capture the essence of the subject with remarkable economy of detail. This approach gives his works a universal quality, making them instantly recognizable and accessible to a wide audience. He frequently employs digital techniques and technologies, such as computer software to refine his designs, and utilizes a variety of media including painting, sculpture, and digital installations.

One of Opie’s most notable contributions to contemporary art is his exploration of movement and the human figure in motion. He has created walking figures and animated LED displays that convey the rhythm and fluidity of walking, running, or dancing, further distilling human movement to its basic forms. These works often feature in public art installations, showcasing Opie’s interest in engaging with a broader audience outside traditional gallery spaces.

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