Julian Opie

Julian Opie was born in 1958 in London and brought up in Oxford. He studied at Goldsmith’s College of Art from 1979 to 1982 and is one of Britain’s top contemporary artists. He describes his art as a process of making equivalents.

His highly stylised work, involves the reduction of photographs (or short films) into figurative reproductions (created using computer software). In his portraiture, the human face is characterised by black outlines with flat areas of colour, and minimalised detail, to the extent that an eye can become a just the black circle of the pupil, and sometimes a head is represented by a circle with a space where the neck would be.

The notion of how to make something realistic is the key factor in his work. It doesn’t always have to be photographic to be realistic. He draws from the idea that realism is something that is held in your head as a memory. The use of flashing LED lights behind his landscape images or voice recordings behind his portraits contribute to the reality and the lenticular prints give the image the added effect of motion. The stark plainness and commonplace of everyday scenarios make these works captivating.

David Krut, an international publisher, has been associated with Alan Cristea Gallery in London, over the last thirty years. Cristea is one of the most important publishers of editioned work in world and works closely with Julian Opie. DKW has been promoting in South Africa over the last five years.