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Signed Print

Julian Opie

Digital Print, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 118cm x W 81cm

Critical Review

Opie produces this print with simplified form, bright block colours and thick, bold outlines creating a portrait in its most basic mode. Opie makes the point, however, that there is more to this print than first assumed: "Some people often talk about my portraiture being pared-down but I don’t quite see it that way. I see it as starting from a point of view saying, ‘I’d like to make something, I’d like to mark my presence, I’d like to communicate what it feels like to look at things."

The figure’s featureless face that Opie depicts works as a blank reflection whereby when the viewer looks at this representation of the human form they think of themselves and how they relate to it. Opie’s depersonalised style creates an ambiguous sense of subjectivity in the sitter that is extremely effective.