Cornish Coast 2: Lantic Bay is a digital print from Julian Opie’s 2017 Cornish Coast series showing a seascape image of the beautiful scenery in Cornwall. Rendered in Opie’s distinctive landscape style, this print is reduced to a minimal colour palette of brown and blue and rendered with simplified shapes.
Opie’s prints of the Cornish coast construct an environment that echoes the colours and shapes he observes, leaving out finer details and using a minimalist visual language. Opie works from digital photographs to create these prints, stripping the original image down to its most simplified form with computer-share lines and inkjet printers. Much like the images that make up the artist’s Winter series (2012), Cornish Coast 1: Lantic Bay is a multi-layered composition with a great sense of depth, that toes the line between realism and representation.
Speaking of his minimalist style Opie has said, “Being under two metres tall, humans are in a poor position to understand their surroundings. The world that is so clear and understandable from an aeroplane is simply a series of narrow coloured stripes from the ground. In Cornwall the stripes are dark, rich greens and aqua greys. As my holidays pass, the colours change, and as we walk along the cliffs the stripes twist and slide.”