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New York Couple 2

New York Couple 2
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 2019
Signed Print Edition of 55
H 125cm x W 91cm

Critical Review

New York Couple 2 uses varying tones of blue across the entire print, setting the full-length figures in profile against a light blue backdrop and their clothes rendered in blue hues. Speaking of his depictions of people from photographs taken in public, Opie has said, “Each figure throws up surprises and opportunities that I could not invent – a tattoo or a tasselled dress, a goatee or the logo on a T-shirt.”

Captured in the artist’s structured and graphic visual language, New York Couple 2 encapsulates contemporary life in New York in a way that makes the viewer think about their own body in relation to the compelling image. Opie rationalises the human form in a decidedly stylised manner, striking a balance between the soft and human, and the hard and artificial, producing an uncanny effect. Undertaking a task that has preoccupied artists for generations, Opie captures modern life in an entirely unique way.