Tina Walking is a signed mixed media print produced by Julian Opie, one of the leading figures of the New British Sculpture movement. Made in 2008 in an edition size of 35, this print on lenticular acrylic panel shows a full-length figure depicted from side-on. The female figure is captured in motion and the way her legs are rendered suggests she is walking somewhere. Opie creates the illusion of movement by duplicating the lower portion of the figure’s legs and arm and blurring them.
This print is exemplary of Opie’s distinct visual language. Opie has produced many prints of figures in motion who appear to be walking round various cities, such as those in the Walking in London collection and the Walking in the Rain collection. Opie’s style is characterised by his use of simplified forms and the way in which he renders them using thick black lines filled with bold blocks of colour. As seen in Tina Walking, details are removed from these figures. The people Opie draws tend to be faceless, however the artist brings individuality to the figures through their clothes and accessories.
Opie produces a one-dimensional effect in his artworks which often appear flat and lacking in depth. The artist is clearly influenced by Minimalism and Pop Art. Traces of Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book imagery and cartoon characters, as well as Andy Warhol’s highly commercialised style of portraiture are apparent throughout Opie’s oeuvre.