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Digital Print, 2018
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Walking In Melbourne 1 is a digital print made by the acclaimed British artist Julian Opie in 2018. In this print, Opie depicts a group of five people captured in motion, seeming to walk across the composition. The figures are all faceless and rendered using thick black outlines filled with blocks of flat colour. Although the group of people are set against a blue backdrop, the viewer of the print can infer from the artwork’s title that the people are walking through the city of Melbourne in Australia.
Walking In Melbourne 1 is one of ten prints in Opie’s Walking In Melbourne collection. Each print in this collection features groups of faceless figures walking unassumingly through the city. The figures do not have faces however can be distinguished from one another from their outfits and the accessories they are holding. Opie often depicts people walking through cities and other notable collections include Walking In The Rain and Walking In London.
Opie’s use of bright and bold colours in these prints resonates with the work of Pop artists such as Andy Warhol. The thick outlines Opie employs in these artworks have also led to comparisons between his visual language and that of Patrick Caulfield.