Bijou Gets Undressed 6

Bijou Gets Undressed 6
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 2004
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 38cm x W 78cm

Critical Review

Rendered in Opie’s characteristic simplified style, Bijou Gets Undressed 6 shows the figures in bold, black line against a white backdrop with blank circles floating above their body as a head and defined only by an outline of clothing. This is indicative of Opie’s desire to create a syntax of signs from the human form, retaining a basic form but including small details that reveal something unique about the model. Consequently, the figures in Bijou Gets Undressed 6 are ambiguous and alluring.

Opie’s use of simplified form combined with a highly realistic sense of movement derived from photographs, works to produce tension between abstraction and realism that makes his works so unique. Movement is extremely important in Opie’s oeuvre and is a feature that the artist uses to create a sense of individuality in his featureless figures.