Emerging during the British art scene of the 1980s, Julian Opie is now one of the leading figures in computerised art. His highly stylised work involves the reduction of photographs (or short films) into figurative reproductions created using computer software. The hallmarks of his artistic style are portraits and animated walking figures, rendered with minimal detail in black line drawing.
Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, 18th Century portraiture, popular comics and Japanese woodblock prints, Opie ‘paints’ using a vast array of media and technologies. His works have been realised in silkscreen, vinyl, LCD, LED, lenticular and flocking, and he continues to push the boundaries of ‘traditional’ artistic practice.
In 2001, Opie was awarded Music Week CADS Best Illustration award for his album cover design for Best of Blur. His paintings and limited edition prints can be found in many public collections worldwide including The Tate Gallery, London, The Arts Council of Great Britain, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.