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Julian Opie: Elena And Cressie Get Ready For The Party 1 - Signed Print

Elena And Cressie Get Ready For The Party 1
Signed Print

Julian Opie

£2,000 Guide

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

Screenprint, 2011
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 78cm x W 62cm

Critical Review

What is striking about this work when considered alongside the artist’s oeuvre as a whole, is Opie’s dramatic rendering of light and shadow in the portrait. The sitter’s earring becomes the focal point of the image due to the way that it catches the light that comes from the left of the image. Her face is cast in dark shadow and there a strong sense of depth and tone that is unusual when compared to Opie’s flattened depictions of figures.

Primarily utilising computer-based drawing techniques to produce his portraits, the figure in Elena And Cressie Get Ready For The Party 1 appears like an animated character from a video game. This highly graphic style favoured by Opie, works to create a depersonalised image that toes the line between reality and representation.

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