9 June - 9 July 2011

Julian Opie

Editions 1984-2011

Alan Cristea Gallery will stage a major retrospective of Julian Opie's editions from 9 June to 9 July to coincide with the publication of a Catalogue raisonné.

Julian Opie's highly distinctive depictions of the modern world are created in an extraordinary variety of media; this exhibition will present the most innovative and exciting editions that Opie has produced, and chart the development of his work from the early very reductive landscapes and portraits, to silhouettes, animations, lenticulars and LED animations. The 300 page catalogue raisonné, with an introduction by Jonathan Watkins, director of the IKON gallery, Birmingham, will provide authoritative documentation of every edition he has produced to date.

Opie has always strived to break down what he believes to be the illogical barriers set up between painting and design, and sculpture and objects - his printmaking and production of editions play a central role in this philosophy. Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, 18th Century portraiture, Tintin comics, graveyards 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.

Born in London in 1958, Julian Opie studied at Goldsmith's College of Art from 1979 to 1982 and is one of the UK's best known contemporary artists, exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally. His editions can be found in many public collections worldwide including The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The British Museum, The Tate Gallery, London and MoMA, New York.

Alan Cristea Gallery is the worldwide exclusive publisher of all of Julian Opie's limited edition prints and animations.


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