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Description: Julian Opie
(British, b.1958)
Sara Gets Undressed 2, 2004
lenticular acrylic panel comprised of inkjet prints
signed and numbered 3/25 verso.

Provenance: Property of the Estate of Craig W Johnson, purchased from Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

From the Archives of AskArt:
Julian Opie was born in 1958 in London and raised in 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 highly stylized work, involves the reduction of photographs (or short films) into figurative reproductions (created using computer software). In his portraiture, the human face is characterized by black outlines with flat areas of color, and minimalized detail, to the extent that an eye can become a just the black circle of the pupil, and sometimes a head is represented by a circle with a space where the neck would be. In this way, Julian Opie tries to present the complexities of the human form by reducing it to its mere basics.

As a successful artist who exhibits internationally, Opie uses computers in art for other works. His famous 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. I am simply using that which is available to describe that which is experienced.

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.

Julian Opie, as one of the leading figures in computerized art, also implements computer technology by cutting out the outlines and colored shapes, sometimes on vinyl, as in large display banners at Tate Britain.

Opie is a 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. Recently, Julian Opie has been met with controversy due to his more daring subject matter - pole dancers. A key part of his exhibition in the Cristea Art Gallery, pole dancers are typically reduced to cartoonist figures.

76"H x 31 1/2"W (image), 78 1/2"H x 34"W (frame).

  • Dimensions: 76"H x 31 1/2"W (image), 78 1/2"H x 34"W (frame).
  • Artist Name: Julian Opie
  • Medium: lenticular acrylic panel comprised of inkjet prints

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