Björn, Gallerist, 2004
C-Print on Paper on Wood
90 x 73 cm
With gentle mockery and sharp intellect, Julian Opie uses painting, printmaking, sculpture, film and light installations to reinterpret familiar objects, and illustrate how modernist concepts and forms have been assimilated into the lexicon of everyday life. Opie’s oeuvre centers on a range of powerful metaphors drawn from an intense study of the environment. Modeling his pictorial surface after the simplified and idealized world of computer imagery, he uses a range of contemporary media to evoke how technology informs perception and contemporary experience.
Julian Opie was born in London, 1958, and graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1982. He is considered one of the most important British artists today and his work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Tate Gallery London and numerous other museums and institutions. In 1995 Opie was awarded the Sargent Fellowship at the British School in Rome. He lives and works in London.