Contemporary Print Market Report
Julian Opie: Evening Sun - Signed Print

Evening Sun
Signed Print

Julian Opie


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

Lenticular, 2013
Signed Print Edition of 35
H 106cm x W 60cm

Critical Review

In its vertical composition with the silhouetted tree on the left to frame the scene, Evening Sun is reminiscent of Opie’s Japanese Landscapes series from 2009. These landscapes were originally displayed as a series of animations based on double and triple LCD screens, representative of the way in which Opie tries to defy traditional art boundaries through his work. Opie has spoken of this saying, “Our attitude towards art history, towards schools, styles, and ‘isms’, was quite aggressive. We wanted to manipulate them, to use whatever style we wished.”

Much of Opie’s work has been compared to the digitally rendered landscapes of video games in the way that they mimic a simultaneously familiar yet otherworldly sphere. Indeed, this print is uncanny in the sense of familiarity it strikes within the viewer, in part due to Opie’s depersonalised, slick style rendered through computer technology.

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