Tourist With Blouse

Tourist With Blouse
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 20
H 105cm x W 79cm

Critical Review

Opie’s Touristseries shows various people on the streets of London in colourful clothes and with no facial details, yet each appears as a distinct individual with personality. Tourist with Blouse conveys the idea of a young woman in a city she doesn’t know, looking intently at her phone to figure out where to go next. This portrait is instantly recognisable, an archetypal image of a young person in London, but at the same time represents a distinct portrait of an individual.

Tourist With Blouse plays into ideas that interest Opie around the sitter refusing the viewers gaze, something that one experiences when wandering the streets of a city. The notion of the sitter refusing to have their portrait created injects the print with a melancholic drama that wouldn’t otherwise be felt if the sitter’s face was seen. This sense of melancholy is further emphasised by the sitter’s barely-there facial features, distinguished only by his sunglasses.