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

Yellow Black White Blue
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

Set against a bright green backdrop, each figure is rendered in a different monochrome colour as indicated by the print’s title. The full-length figures stand casually, as though waiting for a bus and are depicted with blank circles as their heads. Anonymised by the Opie’s simplistic visual style, each figure is made unique with the attention to detail on clothing and their stances.

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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