Julian Opie

Born 1958 London, Julian Opie lives and works in London. Graduated from Goldsmiths School of Art (1983).

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.
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. Taking influence from classical portraiture, Egyptian hieroglyphs and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as public signage, information boards and traffic signs, Opie connects the clean visual language of modern life, with the fundamentals of art history.

His works are held in public and private collections including, Tate, London; British Museum, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Arts Council, London; British Council, London; National Portrait Gallery, London; MoMA, New York; ICA, Boston; Essl Collection, Vienna; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Takamatsu City Museum of Art.

Selected solo exhibitions include Berardo Museum, Lisbon (2020); Fosun Foundation, Shanghai (2019); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2018-2019); Suwon IPark Museum of Art (2018); Taidehalli Helsinki (2015); MoCAK, Krakow (2014); IVAM, Valencia (2010); MAK, Vienna (2008); Mito Tower, Japan (2008); CAC, Malaga (2006); K21, Dusseldorf (2003); Hayward Gallery, London (1993); and Kunstverein, Cologne (1984). Selected public projects include City of Melbourne, Australia (2020); Fosun Foundation, Shanghai (2018); Tower 535, Hong Kong (2016); Carnaby Street, London (2016); PKZ, Zurich (2014); Calgary, Canada, (2012); River Vltava, Prague (2007); City Hall Park, New York (2004); and Dentsu Building, Tokyo (2002). 

Last updated: 23.03.2021