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Imagine You Are Driving (Fast) /Olivier/Helmet

Imagine You Are Driving (Fast) /Olivier/Helmet
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Digital Print, 2002
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 56cm x W 120cm

Critical Review

The racetrack image on the left of the print takes up around two thirds of the composition, and shows a vast expanse of dark, flat tarmac. Opie’s use of vanishing point and low-view perspective works to create a dramatic composition, heightened by the fact that the scene is devoid of human presence.

Imagine You Are Driving (Fast)/Olivier is exemplary of the way in which Opie combines realism and abstraction to form his unique and highly recognisable style. Notably, the reflections on the sitter’s helmet and the small details along the side of the racetrack underline the sense of realism in the print. However, Opie’s use of saturated block colour and dark, thick outlines work to pare-back the images to the point of depersonalisation and abstraction.