We Swam Amongst The Fishes 5

We Swam Amongst The Fishes 5
Signed Print

Julian Opie

Screenprint, 2003
Signed Print Edition of 160
H 76cm x W 70cm

Critical Review

Inspired by a trip to Bali, this print is unusual for Opie in terms of subject matter but is representative of the artist’s desire to capture the world around him. Opie invites the viewer to step into the scene that he depicts, showing a view of the water from a diver’s perspective. Paired with the print’s title, the perspective of the diver is also emphasised by the way the fish swim in different directions and some appear to face outwards.

We Swam Amongst the Fishes 4 is notable for its flat blue backdrop that is representative of the sea. The world shown in this image is rendered without subtle detail, with no water reflections or ripples. The artificiality of the scene is reminiscent of video game aesthetics, typical of Opie’s landscape work from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Opie thus encourages the viewer to step into a stylised representation of the world so as to question how we look at the real world we live in.