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b. 1958, United Kingdom

Julian Opie Biography

Julian Opie is an internationally renowned artist of the New British Sculpture movement. Born in 1958 in London, Opie studied at Goldsmith's School of Art under conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin. Julian Opie continues to live and work in London.

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Opie works in a variety of media including sculpture, painted aluminium, vinyl, and inkjet on canvas. His thick black outlines and simplified blocks of colour are reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints, Pop Art, and minimalism. Opie's painted metal sculptures gained international recognition due to their highly stylized nature and their utilisation of basic line and negative space. His work is characterised by his ability to create simplified figures that remain uniquely recognisable.

Opie has undertaken many public commissions including works at the City Hall Park, New York (2004), the Mori Building, Omotesando Hill, Japan (2006), River Vitava, Prague (2007), Dublin City Gallery, Ireland (2008), Seoul Square, South Korea (2009), Regent's Place, London (2011), and Calgary, Canada (2012).

Opie designed the album cover for Best of Blur by British band Blur in 2000 for which he was presented with a Music Week CADS Award the following year. He was earlier awarded the Sargent Fellowship at the British School in Rome in 1995. Opie's work is held in collections at the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Tate, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Exhibition view: Group exhibition, BOLD & VIVID, Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong (9 July–22 August 2020). Courtesy Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong.

Julian Opie Featured Artworks

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Paul, friend. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpiePaul, friend., 1998Direct to media inkjet on white core dibond
72 3/8 x 23 1/4 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Galloping hORSE 2 by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieGalloping hORSE 2, 2013One from a series of three inlaid and overlaid acrylic panels
61.3 x 100 x 3.9 cm
Whitestone Gallery Contact Gallery
Old Street May 1. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieOld Street May 1., 2020Aluminium, nylon and lights
271.9 x 300 x 12 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Elena 2. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieElena 2., 2019Auto paint on aluminium with corian base
137.3 x 55.2 x 2.5 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Teresa 3. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieTeresa 3., 2019Continuous computer animation on 55” LCD screen
128 x 75 x 7.3 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Amelia. 3. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieAmelia. 3., 2018Inlaid and overlaid acrylic panel
67 x 50 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Walking in Melbourne. 2. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieWalking in Melbourne. 2., 2018Vinyl on wooden stretcher
250 x 284.2 x 3.5 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Imagine You Are Driving a Yellow VW by Julian Opie contemporary artwork
Julian OpieImagine You Are Driving a Yellow VW, 2004Aluminium and lacquer paint
53 x 167 x 60 inches
Beyer Projects Contact Gallery

Julian Opie Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, BOLD & VIVID at Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
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9 July–22 August 2020 Group exhibition BOLD & VIVID Whitestone GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, kukje ON at Kukje Gallery, Seoul
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22 April–31 May 2020 Group Exhibition kukje ON Kukje GalleryOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, My Garden of Eden at Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich
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9 May–24 August 2019 Group Exhibition My Garden of Eden Christophe Guye GalerieZurich

Julian Opie Represented By

Beyer Projects contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Beyer Projects New York
Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul
Lisson Gallery contemporary art gallery in Lisson Street, London, United Kingdom Lisson Gallery London, New York, Shanghai

Julian Opie In Ocula Magazine

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Ocula Conversation Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo By Stephanie Bailey, Turin

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Guarene and Turin, together with the Madrid Fundación, are creating a new constellation; mapping out a new geography that concretely embodies an idea of Europe based on reciprocity—between places, communities, fields of knowledge and cultures.

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Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 Ocula Report Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 By Angela Suh, Busan

Located a stones throw from the famed Haeundae Beach, popularised in Korean cinema and countless K-dramas, Art Busan 2016 conveyed a leisurely air brought on by the first warm days of spring. Now in its fifth edition, the fair has grown into a sizeable event showcasing some of the best works in the region. With over 190 participating galleries...

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Julian Opie In Related Press

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Heads Roll review – an exhibition for narcissists everywhere Related Press Heads Roll review – an exhibition for narcissists everywhere 13 August 2018, The Guardian

Portraiture is an enduring art form, thanks to the narcissistic tendencies of the human race.

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Julian Opie: 'It's only when you are bored that you can see' Related Press Julian Opie: 'It's only when you are bored that you can see' 25 April 2018, The Guardian

I sent two of my assistants out to the park to film people walking and, on reviewing the films, I found that many joggers had run past the camera. Humans are built for running. I have read they can outrun a wolf or a horse over long distances. By drawing one stride with around 30 frames I can set a drawing in motion to run smoothly forever as an...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios 8 September 2017, The Vinyl Factory

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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Amnesty for Art Related Press Amnesty for Art 21 February 2017, Post-ism

As far as you look back in history, the arts have always interacted with the power structures of their time. Artists, writers, poets, filmmakers and musicians have been indispensible critical voices, reacting to cultural and political discourse, connecting with social movements. They can be a powerful voice of dissent and transgression to...

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Julian Opie In Video & Audio

Julian Opie: This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts Related Video & Audio Julian Opie: This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts 10 October 2008, Alan Cristea Gallery

A short film exploring a series of nine, life-size works by Julian Opie. This is Shahnoza in 3 Parts features linear images of a pole dancer called Shahnoza in nine different poses.

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