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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.

Julian Opie Featured Artworks

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Elvis by Julian Opie contemporary artwork sculpture
Julian OpieElvis, 2020Anodized aluminum figure mounted on a Corian base
23 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
Krakow Witkin Gallery Contact Gallery
Walking in New York. 7. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork painting
Julian OpieWalking in New York. 7., 2019Auto paint on aluminium
240 x 273 cm
Kukje Gallery Contact Gallery
Summer 2. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork sculpture
Julian OpieSummer 2., 2021Powder coated aluminium
193.3 x 209 x 25 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
View of Moon over Manatsuru Peninsula by Julian Opie contemporary artwork moving image
Julian OpieView of Moon over Manatsuru Peninsula, 2007Computer animation, double LCD screen, PC
110 x 150 x 10 cm
Bernhard Knaus Fine Art Contact Gallery
Coloured runners 2. by Julian Opie contemporary artwork moving image
Julian OpieColoured runners 2., 2020Continuous computer animation on 55” LCD screen
121.5 x 68.6 cm
Lisson Gallery Contact Gallery
Woman taking off man's shirt by Julian Opie contemporary artwork print
Julian OpieWoman taking off man's shirt, 2003Screenprint in colours on paper
100 x 60 cm
Dellasposa Gallery Contact Gallery
Galloping hORSE 2 by Julian Opie contemporary artwork painting
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
Imagine You Are Driving a Yellow VW by Julian Opie contemporary artwork sculpture
Julian OpieImagine You Are Driving a Yellow VW, 2004Aluminium and lacquer paint
53 x 167 x 60 inches
Beyer Projects Contact Gallery

Julian Opie Recent Exhibitions

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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 East Hampton, London, New York, Shanghai

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