New York Couple 3

New York Couple 3
Signed Print

Julian Opie

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

Critical Review

Showing the figures mid-motion as they walk, New York Couple 3 exudes a sense of movement through the static image, capturing the idea of moving through a city centre. Characteristic of many of Opie’s figurative works, movement injects realism into the highly stylised graphic print. For Opie, movement itself is a form of realism in relation to the human form.

Throughout his career, Opie has produced many images of people walking 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. 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.”