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Walking Statuettes by Julian Opie

Walking Statuettes by Julian Opie

Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art

Mixed Media


Edition Size: 30

Dimensions: Various - See Notes inches


Condition: Pristine

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Series of seven hand-painted statuettes
Signed and numbered
Natalie 14 1/2 x 7 in.
Danielle 14 3/8 x 7 3/4 in.
Ian 15 1/8 x 7 in.
Bobby 15 3/8 x 6 3/4 in.
Faime 15 x 7 5/8 in.
Imogen 14 3/8 x 7 in.
Tina 14 3/4 x 6 in.
ABOUT THE WORK: Julian Opie is a master in the reductive style in that he manages to capture the essence and individuality of each of his subjects. His works depict the world around us sharply, truly and timelessly. He observes people closely, and like a caricaturist, he has a formidable eye for foibles, idiosyncrasies and character. The paradox is that he renders these nuances in a flattened, abstract style that seems at first glance to be uniform and cold.  Each character in Walking Statuettes is portrayed in the classic Opie style, with bold black outlines, colorful clothes. Every statue seems individual and real despite the lack of facial detail. The statues are all hand-painted. ABOUT THIS
ARTIST: Julian Opie is a visual artist, and one of the New British Sculpture movement. He is one of the most significant artists of his generation whose artistic preoccupation has investigated the idea of representation and the means by which images are perceived and understood. Throughout his practice, Opie has developed his own reductive formal language which seeks to reflect, not reality itself, but rather the way in which reality is represented: his distinctive language of discipline and formal consistency which is employed in his current portrait and landscape work. He says, he sets out to strip things down, the purpose being to reflect and play on not just other art, but on the artifice that he thinks frames contemporary experience: how what is seemingly natural in human behavior is made up of learned performance codes, how artistic conventions constrain artistic practice. In his portraiture, the human face is sometimes characterized by black outlines with flat areas of color, and minimalized details, to the extent that an eye can become just the black circle of the pupil, and sometimes a head is represented by a circle with a space where the neck would be, Opie tries to portray someone’s personality in as little detail as possible. Opie uses computers in art for other works. His work demonstrates how activities such as driving, walking and climbing could be represented by simple reductions. In addition, Opie uses sculpture and light installations to present items of everyday life. Opie themes are different, but all connected with the concept of movement: engagement with art history, use of new technology, obsession with the human body.

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Julian Opie

London born Julian Opie is a renowned visual artist who developed under the tutelage of conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin at Goldsmiths, University of London. He burst on to the British art scene during the 1980s with a series of painted metal sculptures and is known as one of the most significant artists of his generation. Opie’s work is characteristically striking, combining the minimalism of Pop Art with digital alteration. He uses computer technology to create graphic portraits from photographs, employing simple colours and minimal detail to create a piece that is both abstract but still recognisable. He employs a similar approach to the depiction of books, buildings and landscapes, using a range of media including painted metal, vinyl, LED lights and inkjet on canvas. Because his work has such a contemporary feel, it lends itself to popular culture.

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