Julian Opie: Small birds.
These new wall mounted acrylic reliefs depicting a pigeon, gull, duck, hen, and magpie are now available to purchase individually. As part of his reflections on contemporary life, Julian Opie (b.1958) has often used animals, such as sheep, fish and horses, in his work, subjects that first engaged him as possible themes in his children’s farm games. Opie draws inspiration from both high art, design and the vernacular. Among his diverse influences are ancient hieroglyphs, nineteenth-century silhouettes, Roman busts, lightbox advertising, and billboard signs.
The release of these editions coincides with the launch of Opie’s largest LED based public artwork to date. For the National Gallery Victoria Triennial 2020, Opie created Australian birds., 2020, a series of continuous computer animated birds located on a grass strip between two lanes of traffic in a central area of the city of Melbourne, Australia. To make this work, pigeons, gulls, ducks, swamp hens, herons and ibis were filmed in Melbourne before being transformed into the instantly recognisable, universal language of Opie’s art. Several of these depictions appear in Opie’s new edition, Small birds.
The works are being offered on a "first-come, first-served" basis and only a limited number are available. Please view the works below and contact [email protected] if you would like to receive prices or require any further information. As the gallery is currently closed to the public, we are not able to answer telephone enquiries for this edition.
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Film: NGV Triennial 2020
Film: Julian Opie at the NGV Triennial 2020
About the artist
About Julian Opie
Julian Opie was born in London in 1958. He studied at Goldsmiths College, London, from 1979 to 1982. Opie has presented recent institutional exhibitions at Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2020); F1963, Busan (2018); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2018); National Portrait Gallery, London (2017); Suwon Ipark Museum, Suwon (2017); Fosun Foundation, Shanghai (2017); Fundacion Bancaja, Valencia (2017); Krobath Vienna, Austria (2016); Kunsthalle Helsinki (2015); SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo (2014); and Holburne Museum, Bath (2013).
Cristea Roberts Gallery is the exclusive worldwide publisher of Julian Opie's editions.