Julian Opie at The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Julian Opie at The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

One of Britain’s most influential living artists, Julian Opie’s works are on view at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne through February 17, 2019.

Born in 1958 in London, Julian Opie graduated from art school in the early 1980s, and since then, he burst onto a pre-Young British Artists art scene in the same city. Opie is famous for his portraiture and figurative paintings and, most recently, his LED animations have been displayed in prominent public locations around the world. He is recognized for characterising bold lines, smooth shapes, spare but specific figurative details, and bright colors that are reminiscent of the Pop Art of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. His work has influenced the wider field of popular culture more than any other artist of his generation.

Opie’s first works were mostly sculptures made of metal, forming household appliances, structures of buildings and abstract geometrical forms. In the 2000s, his work took a more literally symbolic direction. He generally took figures from photographs, stripped them down to their most essential shapes on a computer to generate the forms he needed. During this time, he also began painting portraits where his familiarity with computer technology allowed him to operate as a designer as well.

According to The National Gallery of Victoria, “In this exhibition, created specifically in response to the NGV International spaces, a wide range of subjects are on view, each distilling elements of the natural, urban and figurative world to their essence. A city of skyscrapers takes over Federation Court, stretching up to the glass roof; a shoal of carp swim behind the waterfall facade; stone sheep graze in the gardens and a crowd of sculptures of people walking is caught mid-stride in the lobby.”

With the main focus on ‘people,’ the exhibition features Opie’s recent works that consists of portraits and walking figures drawn straight from the streets of Melbourne. The show, held at the museum’s central gallery, showcases more than 40 of the artist’s moving image works, dating from 1993 to the present.

“His minimal approach is rendered in painting, sculpture, and film, recalling the endless human motion captured in Roman and Egyptian friezes, as well as in the famous photographic sequences by Eadweard Muybridge,” adds the museum.

 

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