Tourist With Watch

Tourist With Watch
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 2014
Signed Print Edition of 20
H 104cm x W 79cm

Critical Review

Opie draws upon conventional art historical portraiture and media imagery in order to create a representation of the contemporary world from his uniquely modern perspective. Utilising these conventional formats, such as the three-quarter length portrait, Opie produces vivid, simplified images with computer-generated graphics. As with other prints in the series, Tourist With Watch is created from a photograph taken by the artist which is then altered on a computer-drawing programme.

Opie’s simplified visual language offers the viewer a new perspective on the technological age that is saturated with information. Tourist With Watch exemplifies the way in which Opie questions how we can communicate what we see and feel with the most intensity or quickest speed. Opie finds a contemporary language with which to describe how the world feels now by distilling both ancient styles and modern techniques.