Julian Opie London, UK, b. 1958


Julian Opie (b. 1958, London, UK) lives and works in London. He graduated from Goldsmith’s School of Art, London in 1982, where he was taught by Michael Craig-Martin.


His practice delves into the idea of the representation and the means by which images are perceived and understood. Drawing on the visual language of contemporary life, and with an interest in the reflection and representation of reality, Opie’s work is defined by a stripped-down vocabulary of schematic lines and blocks of colour. The artist works with various cutting edge, but also with traditional techniques, to demonstrate a visual and spatial experience.


Julian Opie has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, with major museum exhibitions including shows at Kunstverein in Cologne; Hayward Gallery and ICA in London; Lehnbachhaus in Munich; K21 in Dusseldorf; MAK in Vienna; Mito Tower in Japan; CAC in Malaga and IVAM in Valencia; MoCAK in Krakow; Tidehalle in Helsinki and Fosun Foundation in Shanghai; Suwon IPark Museum of Art in Korea, as well as the Delhi Triennial, Venice Biennial and Documenta. He has presented many public projects in cities around the world, notably in the Dentsu Building in Tokyo 2002; City Hall Park in New York 2004, Mori Building, Omotesando Hill in Japan 2006; River Vltava in Prague 2007; Phoenix Art Museum USA 2007; Dublin City Gallery in Ireland 2008; Seoul Square in South Korea 2009; Regent’s Place in London 2011; Calgary, Canada; The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, London; and more recently permanent installations at SMETS in Belgium, PKZ in Zurich, Arendt and Medernach in Luxembourg, Taipei, Taiwan and Tower 535, Causeway Bay in Hong Kong.