Julian OPIE


Julian Opie is a contemporary artist from London, England.

He graduated from Goldsmiths College of Art in 1982 where he trained under Michael Craig-Martin. His instantly recognizable figurative artworks are a synthesize of the traditions of Minimalism with Pop Art and contemporary digital processes. One of Opie's most notable commissions was the design of an album cover for British pop band Blur in 2000, for which he received a Music Week CADS award. In 2006, he created an LED projection for U2's Vertigo world tour, and in 2008 Opie created a set design for Wayne McGregor's ballet INFRA for The Royal Opera House in London.

Opie has presented many public projects in cities around the world, notably in the Dentsu Building in Tokyo, City Hall Park in New York, Mori Building, Omotesando Hill in Japan, River Vltava in Prague, Phoenix Art Museum USA, Dublin City Gallery in Ireland, Seoul Square in South Korea, Regent's Place in London, Calgary, Canada, The Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital, London and more recently permanent installations at SMETS in Belgium, PKZ in Zurich and Carnaby Street, London, UK.

He has featured in extensive solo and group exhibitions including The National Portrait Gallery in London, The Kunsthalle in Helsinki, Finland, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Krakow (MoCAK), The IVAM in Valencia, Spain and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. His work is held in many major museum collections including the Arts Council of England, UK, The British Museum in London, England, The Carnegie Museum in 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, England, The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and The Tate Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museums in London, England.


Julian Opie, Fiona, Artist 3, 2001
Julian Opie, Man Waiting (4), 2006
Julian Opie, Tina walking (5), 2009
Julian Opie, Tina. 2, 2016
Julian Opie, Woman dressed 4, 2002
Julian Opie, Woman with a pony tail wearing dark glasses on top of her head, with a shoulder bag and stripes...
Julian Opie, Caterina dancing pink 2, 2010