United Kingdom - 1958
Julian Opie is a contemporary British artist known for his distinct style of graphic figuration. The highly stylized treatment Opie gives his subjects—whereby features are created by thick black outlines and filled in with solid areas of flat color—is a blend of Pop Art and Minimalism with a wholly contemporary sensibility. “The process of reading things as simulations but knowing at the same time that they are real is quite central to my work,” Opie has observed of his own art. Born in 1958 in London, England, where he currently lives and works, Opie studied with Michael-Craig Martin at Goldsmith’s School of Art in the early 1980s. His earliest works consisted of painted steel sculptures exploring the relationship between visual and spatial observation. Over time, the artist has expanded his practice to include painting, installation, and film, and his work is part of the collections at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Stedelijik Museum in Amsterdam, and others.