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Signed Print Edition of 30
H 78cm x W 62cm
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Rendered in the artist’s late graphic style, Elena And Cressie Get Ready For The Party 1 is the first of a set of six prints by Julian Opie from his Elena And Cressie Get Ready For The Party series (2011). Showing a profile portrait of a young woman, this print image uses elements of realism, unusual to Opie’s typical style, retaining details like tonal contours on the face and hair. This portrait is set against a bright blue backdrop.
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.