Contemporary Print Market Report
Julian Opie: Felicia - Signed Print

Signed Print

Julian Opie

£10,000-£15,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Digital Print, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 106cm x W 69cm

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Critical Review

The sitter is seen facing to her right and looking out to the viewer, placing a sparkling bracelet over her wrist. Felicia exudes opulence through Opie’s use of rich colour, drapery and the hints of sparkle in the sitter’s jewellery and dress. This print is exemplary of the way in which Opie distinguishes between the figures that populate his world through clever use of clothing, colour and hair.

Opie’s portrait is largely anonymised aside from the print’s title and distinguishing details of clothing and hair. This is indicative of the way in which Opie represents his figure’s as predetermined ‘types’, Felicia fulfilling the stereotype of a beautiful, rich woman. Of this Opie has said, "I think the whole notion we carry of people as examples of types is very interesting… There are some key famous people who become these types and I want to extend that really so that everybody is a type if you draw them in the way that I do."

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