Medieval Village #4

Medieval Village #4
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Lenticular, 2019
Signed Print Edition of 20
H 40cm x W 30cm

Critical Review

Throughout his career, Opie has produced many images that convey a sense of movement and dynamism in the form of static prints, paintings, sculpture, and moving images. Using photographs taken by the artist, each print is then manipulated and reduced to a matter of simplified shapes and signs to represent a figure. This particular series uses movement as a way to depict the three dimensional nature of the architecture, depicting the scene from different angles across each print.

Opie offers no contextual background to this image, instead offering a generic view of a castle from which the viewer can interpret it around their personal experiences. 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. This print is highly graphic in style, using block colour and simplified shapes, working to create an image that is reminiscent of illustrations found in children’s books.