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Digital Print, 2017
Signed Print Edition of 20
H 45cm x W 62cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Cornish Coast 1: Polridmouth Coast is a print from Julian Opie’s Cornish Coast series from 2017, that shows a seascape in Cornwall on a clear day. On the horizon are the seaside cliffs depicted in green, brown and grey, dividing the composition in half and working to add a sense of depth and colour.
Combining the vernacular of everyday life with the canonical styles and traditions of art history, this print presents a twenty-first century version of the classic art historical genre of landscape painting. Cornish Coast 1: Polridmouth Coast is indicative of Opie’s desire to utilise new computer technology and photography to create a simplified and instantly recognisable image. In using saturated block colours and a limited palette of only four or five tones, Opie produces an aesthetically pleasing image when viewed at any distance.
Explaining why he chose the Cornish coast as his subject matter, Opie has said, “Cornwall is beautiful. You see the sky and the sea and the green fields. These colours surround you and fill your eyes, creating an environment, a space to be in that echoes the colours and shapes on your retina. Anything and anywhere is visible but beauty means that you can hold it in your eyes, make a picture of it.”