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Julian Opie: We Swam Amongst The Fishes 3 - Signed Print

We Swam Amongst The Fishes 3
Signed Print

Julian Opie

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Screenprint, 2003
Signed Print Edition of 160
H 170cm x W 163cm

Critical Review

The We Swam Amongst The Fishes series was produced following the artist’s installation at Sadler’s Wells theatre in London and the Museum of Modern Art in Chicago. Though this series is unusual for the artist in terms of subject matter, Opie created the prints working from photographs taken on a trip to Bali. We Swam Amongst The Fishes 3 is therefore representative of the artist’s desire to capture the world around him.

Opie creates a sense of depth within the image by rendering the swimming fish in various sizes and positioned at arbitrary angles. We Swam Amongst The Fishes 3 demonstrates Opie’s skill in creating depth and realism within an abstracted visual language, using flat colour, thick lines and simplified shapes. Like much of the artist’s oeuvre, this print was made through the use of new computer technology in the artist’s studio.

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