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Portrait

Portrait
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 1980
Signed Print Edition of 10

Critical Review

Opie is perhaps best known for his portraits where faces are reduced to a series of lines, with a bold colour selected as the background, emphasising the flatness of the composition. By reducing images and subject matters to their most essential elements, such as in Portrait, Opie endeavours to interrogate how images are perceived and understood. These essential elements are then executed in a minimal, almost cartoon-like style, which draws inspiration from public signage to Japanese Manga and Egyptian hieroglyphics.