Amelia, executed by British artist Julian Opie in 2015 in an edition of 50, depicts a woman walking, her movement animated. The decomposition of the woman’s movement into moments resembles chronophotography of the Victorian era and is a technique Futurist artists, such as Giacomo Balla, similarly adopted. In this sense, Opie’s ultra modern, highly contemporary works are informed by art history.
The black outline detail is a hallmark of Opie’s individual artistic style whilst the stylised artistic treatment Opie lends his subjects, with solid flat planes of colour, is a blend of influences drawn from both Pop Art and Minimalism. Opie’s reductive style similarly takes inspiration from more disparate sources as diverse as public signage and Egyptian hieroglyphics.