Lisson Gallery

Julian Opie

The work of Julian Opie is known throughout the world. With public commissions from New York to Seoul, London to Zurich, and an uninterrupted flow of international museum exhibitions, Opie’s distinctive formal language is instantly recognisable and reflects his artistic preoccupation with the idea of representation and the means by which images are perceived and understood. “Everything you see is a trick of the light,” Opie writes. “Light bouncing into your eye, light casting shadows, creating depth, shapes, colours. Turn off the light and it’s all gone. We use vision as a means of survival and it’s essential to take it for granted in order to function, but awareness allows us to look at looking and by extension look at ourselves and be aware of our presence. Drawing, drawing out the way that process feels and works brings the awareness into the present and into the real world, the exterior world.” Always exploring different techniques both cutting edge and ancient, Opie plays with ways of seeing through reinterpreting the vocabulary of everyday life; his reductive style evokes both a visual and spatial experience of the world around us. Drawing influence from classical portraiture, Egyptian hieroglyphs and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as public signage, information boards and traffic signs, the artist connects the clean visual language of modern life, with the fundamentals of art history.

Julian Opie was born in London in 1958 and lives and works in London. He graduated from Goldsmith’s School of Art, London in 1982. Exhibitions have been staged at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2018); National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (2017); Suwon Ipark Museum of Art, Korea (2017); Fosun Foundation, Shanghai, China (2017); Fundacion Bancaja, Valencia, Spain (2017); Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (MoCAK), Poland (2014); National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (2011); IVAM, Valencia, Spain (2010); MAK, Vienna, Austria (2008); CAC Malaga, Spain (2006); Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany (2003); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2001); Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (1994) and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (1985). Major group exhibitions include 'I Want! I Want! Art & Technology' at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2017); 'This Is Not The Reality. What Kind Of Reality?', 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017); the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (2016); Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (2014); Tate Britain, London, UK (2013); the Shanghai Biennale (2006); 11th Biennial of Sydney (1998); documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (1987); and XIIème Biennale de Paris (1985). Public projects include 'Walking in Taipei', Taipei, Taiwan and 'Walking in Hong Kong', Tower 535, Hong Kong (2016); Arendt & Medernach, Luxembourg (2016); Heathrow Terminal 1 (1998); and the prison Wormwood Scrubs, London (1994); as well as public work for hospitals, such as the Lindo Wing, St. Mary's Hospital, London (2012) and Barts & the London Hospital (2003). His design for the band Blur’s album 'Best of Blur' (2000) was awarded the Music Week CADS for Best Illustration in 2001.

Current and recent projects: 

'Julian Opie', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 9 November 2018 - 17 February 2019


'Julian Opie In Busan', F1963, Busan, South Korea, 24 March 2018 - 24 June 2018


 

Julian Opie
Animals, Buildings, Cars and People, 2004
City Hall Park, New York City

Julian Opie
Animals, Buildings, Cars and People, 2004
City Hall Park, New York City

Julian Opie
Ika 4. , 2011
Silkscreen on painted wooden board 105 x 65.4 cm / 41 5/16 x 25 3/4 in.

Julian Opie
Caterina dancing naked 03. , 2009
Paint on aluminium 222 x 123.7 cm / 87 3/8 x 48 11/16 in.

Julian Opie
Christine swimming. 01, 2008
Acrylic, aluminium, vinyl and fluorescent light 74.2 x 206.9 x 21 cm / 29 1/4 x 81 7/16 x 8 1/4 in.

Julian Opie
Incident in the Library I. , 1983
Oil paint on steel 240 x 240 cm / 94 1/2 x 94 1/2 in.

Julian Opie
Behind every successful man is a surprised woman, 1998
Vinyl on aluminium stretcher 150 x 240 x 10 cm / 59 1/16 x 94 1/2 x 3 15/16 in.

Julian Opie
Modern Tower. 10. , 2001
Vinyl on painted wood 228 x 43.8 x 43.8 cm / 89 3/4 x 17 1/4 in.

Julian Opie
Maria 1., 2011
Inkjet on canvas on wooden stretcher 192 x 119.6 cm / 75 9/16 x 47 1/16 in.

Julian Opie
Finn, eyes straight, head hard right, 2013
Inkjet on canvas on wooden stretcher 35.2 x 25.15 cm / 13 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.

Julian Opie
Lily, eyes straight, head left, hair back, 2013
Inkjet on paper on aluminium 100.2 x 75.01 cm / 39 7/16 x 29 1/2 in.

Julian Opie
Julian, Artist. 1 , 2005
Vinyl on wooden stretcher

Julian Opie
Katie 2, 2011
Vinyl on wooden stretcher 200 x 143.1 cm / 78 3/4 x 56 5/16 in.

Julian Opie
Imagine you are driving a blue car 2004 & Imagine you are driving a yellow car, 2004
Installation view, Frieze 2005

Julian Opie
At the museum with Ika 2. , 2011
Inkjet on canvas with brass frame 247.8 x 132.6 cm / 97 9/16 x 52 3/16 in.

Julian Opie
Eric and Sarah. 3, 2010
Vinyl on wooden stretcher 271 x 147.3 cm / 106 11/16 x 58 in.

Julian Opie
Julian walking with briefcase, 2005
Continuous computer animation on lcd screen 105 x 66 x 15 cm / 41 5/16 x 26 x 5 15/16 in.

Julian Opie
Caterina dancing naked 02, 2009
Paint on aluminium 200.7 x 98.3 x 29 cm / 79 x 38 11/16 x 11 7/16 in.

Julian Opie
Jacques, Racing Driver. 1, 2002
Vinyl on wooden stretcher

Julian Opie
De Gouverneurstuin, Assen Netherlands, 1997
Installation view, Netherlands

Julian Opie
This is Shahnoza 25, 2006
Vinyl on wooden stretcher 251.4 x 126.3 cm / 99 x 49 3/4 in.

Julian Opie
Bryan plays guitar, 2006
City of Indianapolis, organised by the Arts Council of Indianapolis September 2006 – September 2007 500 x 185 x 50.8 cm / 196 7/8 x 72 13/16 x 20 in.

Julian Opie
Kate, model. 2, 2007
Aluminium, vinyl and lights 192 x 158.8 cm / 75 9/16 x 62 1/2 in.

Julian Opie
Clare with lace blouse, 2008
Inkjet on canvas with aluminium frame Framed: 196 x 144 x 5 cm / 77 3/16 x 56 11/16 x 2 in.

Julian Opie
Vera dancer. 3, 2007
Aluminium, vinyl, lights 187 x 232 x 21 cm / 73 5/8 x 91 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.

Julian Opie
INFRA,
INFRA, Royal Opera House
London, United Kingdom
2008

Julian Opie
Passers-by, 2011
Vinyl on wall 1030 x 235 cm / 405 1/2 x 92 1/2 in.

Julian Opie
Diamond earring., 2019
Auto paint on aluminium 200 x 177 cm / 78 5/8 x 69 5/8 in

Julian Opie
Leather jacket., 2019
Patinated bronze with stone base 184.2 x 72.2 x 2.8 cm Base: 58 x 58 x 7 cm 72 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 1 in Base: 22 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 2 3/4 in

Julian Opie
Walking in New York 2. , 2019
Auto paint on aluminium 240 x 273 cm / 94 3/8 x 107 3/8 in

Julian Opie
Walking in New York 1., 2019
Auto paint on aluminium 240 x 273 cm / 94 3/8 x 107 3/8 in

Julian Opie
Leather jacket., 2019
Patinated bronze with stone base 184.2 x 72.2 x 2.8 cm Base: 58 x 58 x 7 cm 72 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 1 in Base: 22 3/4 x 22 3/4 x 2 3/4 in

Julian Opie
People. 1. Coloured., 2015
Continuous computer animation on 22" LCD screen 40 x 40 x 11 cm / 15 5/8 x 15 5/8 x 4 3/8 in

Julian Opie
Soldier, 2015
Continuous computer animation on 46" LCD screen 107 x 58.5 x 11.5 cm / 40 1/2 x 23 x 4 1/2 in.

Julian Opie
Imogen Walking., 2016
LED double sided monolith 202 x 84 x 30 cm / 79 1/2 x 33 1/8 x 11 3/4 in.

Julian Opie
Imogen Walking., 2016
LED double sided monolith 202 x 84 x 30 cm / 79 1/2 x 33 1/8 x 11 3/4 in.

Exhibitions

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    Julian Opie

    1 March – 20 April 2019

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    Julian Opie

    11 July – 25 August 2012

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    Julian Opie

    18 November 2011 – 20 January 2012

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    Julian Opie

    15 October – 15 November 2008

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    Julian Opie: Sara, Bryan and Monique

    4 March – 14 April 2004

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    Julian Opie: Sculpture Films Paintings

    9 February – 17 March 2001

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    Julian Opie

    10 June – 13 July 1996

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    Julian Opie

    24 November 1990 – 5 January 1991

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    Julian Opie

    22 February – 26 March 1988

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    Julian Opie: Recent Sculpture

    11 November – 20 December 1986

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    Julian Opie: Recent Work

    24 April – 25 May 1985

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    Julian Opie

    16 September – 15 October 1983

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