Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 1995
Signed Print Edition of 78
H 40cm x W 80cm

Critical Review

Much like many of Opie’s prints throughout his entire career, Landscape is based on photographs that the artist later alters on a computer so as to create a stylised representation of the landscape. Drawing from immediate personal experience, Opie depersonalises the image with his slick visual language that encourages the viewer to reconsider how we look at the world.

Opie makes clear the way in which he wishes to offer these prints up as commodities to the viewer by creating multiple versions and possibilities for combination with the same subject. Landscape is part of a series of three prints that look almost identical, with small changes made to each such as the size of the clouds and placement of the winding river. Since the mid-1990s, Opie has explored the principles of modular variation across artistic media and subject matter and has himself described his work to be like ‘objects in an Ikea catalogue.’