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Relief print, 2018
Signed Print Edition of 45
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Walking In Melbourne 6 is a signed relief print made by British artist Julian Opie in 2018. Coming in an edition size of 45 the print shows a group of six people captured walking across the composition. Although the figures are set against a plain backdrop, the print’s title indicates that the people are walking through the city of Melbourne in Australia. Unlike many of Opie’s other prints which are characterised by his use of bold, flat colours, the figures in this print are rendered in black and white.
Walking In Melbourne 6 captures the essence of Opie’s artistic style which is characterised by his use of simple forms rendered using thick outlines. Another signature element of Opie’s visual language is his depiction of faceless figures. Opie often replaces people’s faces with circles which hover above their shoulders. Although the anonymous figures cannot be identified through their facial features, Opie distinguishes the people from one another through their clothing and accessories.
This print can be seen alongside nine other prints in Opie’s Walking In Melbourne collection. Opie has produced numerous prints of people walking through cities and other notable collections include Walking In The Rain and Walking In London. Opie’s focus on anonymous individuals reflects the artist’s interest in the ordinary and his desire to depict mundane reality in his artworks.