Julian Opie

b. 1958

Julian Opie, born 1958 in London, is a visual artist and member of the New British Sculpture movement. He graduated from London's Goldsmith’s College of Art in 1982 and still lives and works in London.

Opie's instantly recognisable style of portraiture synthesises the traditions of Minimalism and Pop art with processes of digital alteration. Painting with a variety of different media and technology, Opie’s works range from ink on canvas to sculptures depicting flattened everyday images.

In his work, human faces are sometimes characterised by black outlines with flat areas of colour, and minimalised detail: an eye can appear as just the black circle of the pupil, a head can be represented by a circle and a blank space can be left where the neck would normally be. In doing so, Opie tries to portray his character's personality in as little detail as possible.

Julian Opie has held extensive solo and group exhibitions including at the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK; the Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Krakow (MoCAK), Polland; the IVAM in Valencia, Spain and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, UK.

His work is held in many major museum collections including the Arts Council of England, UK; the British Museum in London, UK; the Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, USA; the IVAM in Valencia, Spain; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, USA; the MoMAT in Tokyo, Japan; the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia; the National Portrait Gallery in London, UK; the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the Tate and Victoria and Albert Museums in London, UK. 




  • BritARTnia



    November 23, 2016 - December 08, 2016

  • Cool Britannia

    Cool Britannia


    October 21, 2015 - November 30, 2015

  • British Contemporary

    British Contemporary


    March 19, 2015 - April 05, 2015

  • Timepieces: Celebrating a Decade

    Timepieces: Celebrating a Decade

    Hong Kong

    November 13, 2014 - December 04, 2014

  • In Black & White

    In Black & White


    December 06, 2013 - December 21, 2013