Julian Opie - Standing People

Standing People Julian Opie

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Julian Opie’s Standing People series from 2020 is a set of prints showing subject matter the artist is renowned for, the human figure. Each print shows four full-length figures standing in a casual manner as though waiting for a bus and facing outwards to the viewer. The figures are each depicted in a different colour, as indicated by the titles of the prints.

Set against a brightly coloured backdrops, this series is eye-catching and immediately recognisable as Opie’s work due to the use of bold line, simplified shapes and use of people as its subject. Opie is considered to be a painter of modern life, creating work based on photographs but simplified to their basic and most minimal elements by which a person or object can be recognised. The Standing People series shows the figures dressed in distinctly modern clothing characteristic of the 2010s, depicted in bright saturated colours reminiscent of the visual language of computer games and mass advertising.

As with many of Opie’s depictions of people, each figure is rendered faceless with a blank circle as a head. Despite this, these people are uniquely distinguishable due to Opie’s attention to detail with clothing and each person’s stance or gate. Speaking of his depictions of people from photographs taken in public, Opie has said, “Each figure throws up surprises and opportunities that I could not invent – a tattoo or a tasselled dress, a goatee or the logo on a T-shirt.”

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