Contemporary Print Market Report
Julian Opie: Cowbells Tractor Silence - Signed Print

Cowbells Tractor Silence
Signed Print

Julian Opie


This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Digital Print, 2000
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 75cm x W 111cm

Critical Review

Just as with others in the series, this print has a three-word title that alludes to objects and sounds not present in the actual work. By merely suggesting these items, Opie draws attention to their absence. This in turn, encourages the viewer to reflect on the real-life experiences of viewing a landscape, something that engages all of the senses.

Opie depicts this landscape from a distanced perspective that consequently makes the print devoid of any human presence. The composition is dramatic in its preoccupation with empty space and thus works to create a generalised impression of a landscape that may seem familiar to many, like something the view has seen in a film. Using his simplified visual language, Opie marks the landscapes with symbols from everyday life such as a telephone pole, trees and a house, urging the viewer to project their own experiences onto the depersonalised image.

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