Contemporary Print Market Report
Julian Opie: Blue White Black Yellow - Signed Print

Blue White Black Yellow
Signed Print

Julian Opie


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

Lenticular, 2020
Signed Print Edition of 25
H 111cm x W 119cm

Critical Review

Opie is considered to be a painter of modern life, creating work based on photographs but simplified to their basic and most minimal elements by which a person or object can be recognised. Blue White Black Yellow shows the figures dressed in distinctly modern clothing characteristic of the 2010s, depicted in bright saturated colours reminiscent of the visual language of computer games and mass advertising.

Repeating the same subject with variations across an entire series, Opie himself has described his work to be like ‘objects in an Ikea catalogue.’ Since the mid-1990s, Opie has explored the principles of modular variation across artistic media and subject matter. The Standing People series consists of similar titles, each with the same square format and showing four figures, different in every print. Opie emphasises art as a commodity in his replication of post-industrial modes of production and exposes the dehumanising effects of computer technology.

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