Julian Opie  (British, 1958) 

Julian Opie (British, b.1958) is a sculptor and digital artist associated with the New British Sculpture movement, and best known for portraits that reduce subjects to essential lines and color planes. Born in Oxford, he studied at Goldsmith’s School of Art from 1979 to 1983, during which time he created the series Eat Dirt, Art History of tongue-in-cheek copies of famous artworks. In his early work, Opie made steel sculptures of domestic appliances, architectural structures and abstract, geometrical shapes. More recently, he has focused on digital media such as LED projections and graphic art. His work draws on classical portraiture, Japanese woodblock prints and Pop Art aesthetics, particularly the work of Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) and Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997).

Opie has created a stylized, fragmentary visual language that de-personalizes his subjects, but he includes details, such as an exotic flower in Muliati, Shop Assistant (2002), specific titles, and different colored background to distinguish each work. Opie has produced several continuous animations on LCD screens, such as Christine Blinking (1999) and Suzanne Walking (2002). A number of Opie’s works are displayed in public locations, such as Ann Dancing (2007), a sculpture of four LCD screens which was installed as part of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. His work is included in several public collections, including the Tate Gallery in London, the National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He lives and works in London.

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Julian Opie, Luc and Ludivine get married 9


Julian Opie
Luc and Ludivine get married 9

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Julian Opie, banker


Julian Opie

Barbara Krakow Gallery
Julian Opie, Student


Julian Opie

Barbara Krakow Gallery
Julian Opie, Detective


Julian Opie

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Julian Opie, Galloping Horse 3


Julian Opie
Galloping Horse 3

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Julian Opie, Galloping Horse 2


Julian Opie
Galloping Horse 2

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Julian Opie, Galloping Horse 1


Julian Opie
Galloping Horse 1

Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art
Julian Opie, Dino Crawling


Julian Opie
Dino Crawling

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Julian Opie, Maria-Theresa


Julian Opie

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Julian Opie, Drawing No.7


Julian Opie
Drawing No.7, 1990
mixed media


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Julian Opie, View from my hotel room


Julian Opie
View from my hotel room, 2008
continuous computer animation on lcd screen


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Julian Opie, Winter 05


Julian Opie
Winter 05, 2012
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1958   Born in London, UK
1978 - 1979   Attended Chelsea School of Art, London, England
1979 - 1982   Attended Goldsmith’s College of Art, London, England
1983   First one-person show at the Lisson Gallery, London
1985   Exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1993   Major retrospective of his work at the Hayward Gallery, London
1994   Wormwood Scrubs, Perimeter Wall Paintings, Commissioned by HMP Wormwood Scrubs
1995   Awarded the Sargent Fellowship at The British School in Rome
1995 - 1996   Residency at the Atelier Calder in Sache, France
1997   Imagine you are moving. Commissioned and Funded by BAA Plc as part of the BAA Ar Programme in association with the Public Art Development Trust
2001   Music Week CADS, Best Illustration for Best of Blur
  Lives and works in London, England
2013   Krobath Gallery, Vienna, Austria (solo)
City of London, UK, Great St Helen' Sculpture Space (solo)
Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo,Norway (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, UK (solo)
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, UK, touring exhibition (solo)
Iniva London and Tate Liverpool, UK, touring exhibition (solo)
Patick De Brock, Belgium (solo)
Compton Verney, UK (solo)
Looking at the View, Tate Britain, London, UK
2012 - 2013   Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
Looking at the View - Tate Britain, London (England)
2012   Sakshi Gallery, Dehli, India (solo)
Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
The Gallery Collection, Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland
"Der Blick, das Wort, die Geste" ("The look, the word, the gesture" - works from the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Collection), RLB Kunstbrücke Innsbruck, Austria
"Schau mir in die Aug...", Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
"Spotlights Video Art", Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
2011   Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy, London, UK
CAMERA VIVANT, AD Projects at Central Utah Arts Center, Ephraim, UT
Moving Portraits, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill an Sea, UK
Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Krobath, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England (exh cat) (solo)
Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
Rugby Collection 2011, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, UK
Observadores, Museu Colleccao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Fast Forward: British Contemporary Art in Brazil, Brazilian British Centre Galleries, Pinheiros, Brazil
DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool, UK
Was ist schön?, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany
21st Century: Art in the first Decade, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
2010   Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal (solo)
IVAM, Valencia, Spain (solo)
Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
Eleven, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England
The Rhythm of Istanbul, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
Sea Fever: From Turner to Today, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southamptom, UK
Pictures about Pictures, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
From Here to There: Contemporary Work from the Arts Council Collection, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
Realism – The Adventure of Reality, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
2009   Boule to Braid, curated by Richard Wentworth, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Citygarden, Saint Louis, MO
Wham – Painting and Beyond, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisson presents 2, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Dancing in Kivik, Kivik Art Centre, Osterlen, Sweden (solo)
Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy (solo)
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (solo)
SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Patrick De Brock, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
Transparency, National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic (group)
2008   Lisson Gallery, London, England (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England (solo)
Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Art Tower Mito, Japan (solo)
The prospect 27, Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury, UK (group)
Still / Motion", Mie Prefecture Museum, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan (group)
Recent works, MAK Vienna, Austria
2007   Passion for Art, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria
Group Show II, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Walk on the Vltava, Museum Kampa, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
This is Shahnoza, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany (solo)
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA(solo)
Julian Opie in the 90‘s, King‘s Lynn art centre, Norfolk, UK (solo)
SIGNS, outdoor exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (solo)
Show Time, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain
2006   Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Auto Nom Kasel, Germany
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, touring: California College of Arts, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC; ICA Boston, MA; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; University Art Museum, California State University at Long Beach; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2005   Gallery Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal (solo)
La Chocolateria, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (solo)
Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
ICA, Boston, MA (solo)
Gallery MGM, Oslo, Norway (solo)
Gallery Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy (solo)
2004   Bearings: Landscapes from the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
The Tower Block, vertical architecture, Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, London, UK
Porträt ohne Antlitz, (Face without features) Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany (exh. cat.)
Funny Cuts; cartoons and comics in contemporary art, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
People, Mimmo Scognamiglio, Naples, Italy
Summer Exhibiton, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
Animals, buildings, cars and people, curated by Tom Eccles, Public Art Fund, City hall Park, New York City, USA (solo)
Sara, Bryan & Monique, Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Kunsthandlung H. Krobath & B. Wimmer, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
Barbara Thumm Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
MCA Chicago, IL (solo)
2003   Saved, 100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (exh. cat.)
Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
Arcadia; the other life of video games, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
Addiction, curated by Christopher Kul-Want, 15 Micamber Street, London, UK
Bienal de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
No Art-No City - City Utopias in Contemporary Art. Städtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen, Germany (exh. cat.)
Auto-nom, das Automobil in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, NRW Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany (exh. cat.)
Urban Codes - Coder/De' coder, espace de l'art concret, Château de Mouans, Mouans-Sartoux, France (exh. cat.)
Trickfilm, André Buchmann Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Robert Mc Lain Gallery, Houston, TX
MART - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy (exh. cat.)
Galerie Bob Van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
K21 Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Neues Museum Nurnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2002   Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Mario Sequeira Gallery, Porto, Portugal (solo)
Berlin Classics, an installation in the courtyard of the gallery in collaboration with Caroline Raspé, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2001   Lisson Gallery, London, UK (exh. cat./ solo)
1983   Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1982   Sculpture for a Garden, (Hounslow Sculpture II), Gunnersbury Park, London, UK
2006    Julian Opie - Showtime, CAC Malaga, Spain (cat.)
2006    Vicente Jarque: Julian Opie, o el arte de la ambigüedad, Arte y Parte, no. 47, December 2006/January 2007
2004    Philipp Holstein: Julian Opie, der Vorsteher von Oz, Rheinische Post, 25. November 2004
2004    Ingeborg Ruthe: Piktogramm statt Weibsbild, Berliner Zeitung, 01. Dezember 2004
2004    Uta Grundmann, Nach dem Trubel - Berliner Galerien im Herbst, Berliner Zeitung, 01. Dezember 2004
2004    Tom Horan, The Olympics of the art world, The Telegraph, June 2004
2004    Michael Glover, Colourful, simple and noisy, The Independent, March 2004
2004    Our selection, The Art Newspaper, March 2004
2004    Settlements text by Laurent Heygi, Saint Etienne, France (cat.)
2004    Saved; 100 years of the national art collections fund, Hayward Gallery/Art Fund
2004    Julian Opie, Landscapes Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (cat.)
2004    Julian Opie - Bijou, Sara, Bryan and Monique Lisson Gallery (cat.)
2004    Julian Opie (J.O), text by Mary Horlock, Tate Gallery publication
2003    Julian Opie Neues Museum Nurnberg, Germany (cat.)
2003    Urban Codes coder/decoder Espace de l’art concrete, Mouans-Sartoux, France (cat.)
2003    Bijou gets undressed text by Julian Heynen, K21 Dusseldorf, Germany (cat.)
2003    Auto-Nom NRW forum, Dusseldorf, Germany published by Hatje Cantz
2003    Julian Opie/Alan Cristea ‘newspaper’ Alan Cristea Gallery, London (cat.)
2003    Rose Aidin, Brush with fame, Observer October 2003
2003    Maev Kennedy, Saved, The Guardian, October 2003
2003    Hannah Jones, The art of changing faces, Western Mail, April 2003
2002    William Jackson, “Art 33 Basel”, Galleries, August 2002
2002    Paul Usherwood, “B. Opened”, Art Monthly, No. 259, September 2002, p. 1-4
2002    From Archipov to Zittel, selected Ikon Off-site projects 2000 – 2001, texts by Deborah Kenmode and Jonathan Watkins
2002    Sculptura 02 International Art in Public Spaces, Falkenbreg, Sweden (cat.)
2002    Continuity/Departure, Tokyo Museum of Art, curator Kazuo Nakabayashi (cat.)
2001    Multiplication, a British Council touring exhibition of artist’s multiples, National Museum of Art, Bucharest. (cat.)
2001    Julian Opie, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (book of stamps)
2001    Sarah Kent, Time Out, 28 February 01
2001    Cat Callender, Holidays of the rich and famous, The Observer Magazine, 5 August, p. 35
2000    Andrew Graham Dixon, The Art of Success, Vogue, pp.179-92, London, May 2000
2000    Julian Opie, Abbaye Saint-André, centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France (cat.)
1999    Breaking the Mould, British Art of the 1980s and 1990s, The Weltkunst Collection, London (cat.)
1990    Face Value, The Standard, London, 20 July
1990    John Russell Taylor. Taking a narrow view, The Times, 26 March