Contemporary Print Market Report
Julian Opie: Finn - Signed Print

Signed Print

Julian Opie

£25,000-£30,000 Guide

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Digital Print, 2013
Signed Print Edition of 4

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Critical Review

The portrait of Finn is rendered in Opie’s signature artistic style, characterised by his simple approach to drawing figures, reducing them to thick outlines filled with colour which are then set against block colour backgrounds. The result of this visual style is that Opie’s portrait appears one-dimensional, flat and lacking in depth. In Finn, Opie experiments with shading, moving away from his conventional approach of privileging one block colour to fill in the figures he outlines.

Opie has produced many portraits throughout his artistic career. The artist studied at Goldsmiths college and was heavily influenced by his teacher, conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin, whose ideas around representation and semiotics had a significant impact on the development of Opie’s minimal style. As well as creating portraits of ordinary people, Opie has been commissioned to produce famous portraits. One of Opie’s most notable works is his portrait of James Dyson which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery as well as his portraits of the iconic British rock band, Blur.

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