Still Life With Chestnuts And Leek

Still Life With Chestnuts And Leek
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Digital Print, 2001
Signed Print Edition of 40
H 39cm x W 65cmx D 3cm

Critical Review

Since the mid-1990s, Opie has explored the principles of modular variation across artistic media and art historical genres. The artist’s Still Life series is indicative of this investigation, with prints consisting of similar titles, each with the same horizontal composition, and the use of fruit and vegetables interchanged in each print. Opie emphasises art as a commodity in his replication of post-industrial modes of production and exposes the dehumanising effects of computer technology.

Brightly coloured and shiny, the fruit and vegetables depicted by Opie in this series appear almost synthetic, without any signs of irregularity or damage. Through the artificial nature of the chestnuts and leek represented, Opie parallels this with his methods and style of working that defy the presence of the artist’s hand.