Showing a highly abstract and minimalist view of a Cornish seascape, Cornish Coast 2: Polridmouth Coast is a digital print from Julian Opie’s Cornish Coast series from 2017. The print shows two strips of land and a body of water, rendered in block colours, simplified shapes and a minimal colour palette.
This print is created from photographs taken by the artist on holiday in Cornwall, later scanned and altered digitally. Opie’s Cornish Coast series is representative of the artist’s desire to repeat a single idea across an entire series in varying ways. This particular series takes a set of landscape images of Cornwall, each image repeated twice and all with similar titles, with the first half of the series showing the images in greater detail than the second half of the series.
Speaking of his interest in producing landscape prints of Cornwall, Opie has said: “I think we use picturing all the time in order to navigate and interact and it’s how I know I am present. By putting that picture back out into the world, on the cave wall or website or gallery, I can extend, record and play with what I see. By looking at that picture there is a doubling up of the process, a view of a view.”