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Julian Opie

(1958-), Artist

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 6 portraits
Julian Opie is a leading contemporary artist. He studied at Goldsmiths' College (1979-82) under Michael Craig-Martin, for whom he briefly worked as an assistant, and he emerged as an influential figure on the British art scene in the 1980s, with a series of painted metal sculptures. Opie's distinctive graphic style exists in the form of billboard posters, album covers and LED screens. The artist approaches the work by reducing the features that distinguish individuals from each other to the bare minimum. With just a few lines he is able to characterise what makes us unique and recognisable. Opie's work has been exhibited extensively in galleries and museums around the world.

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Damon Albarn, by Julian Opie - NPG 6593(1)

Damon Albarn

by Julian Opie
C-type colour print on paper laid on panel, 2000
NPG 6593(1)

Graham Coxon, by Julian Opie - NPG 6593(2)

Graham Coxon

by Julian Opie
C-type colour print on paper laid on panel, 2000
NPG 6593(2)

Alex James, by Julian Opie - NPG 6593(3)

Alex James

by Julian Opie
C-type colour print on paper laid on panel, 2000
NPG 6593(3)

Dave Rowntree, by Julian Opie - NPG 6593(4)

Dave Rowntree

by Julian Opie
C-type colour print on paper laid on panel, 2000
NPG 6593(4)

Julian Opie ('Julian with T-shirt'), by Julian Opie - NPG 6830

Julian Opie ('Julian with T-shirt')

by Julian Opie
LCD screen with integrated software, 2005
NPG 6830

James Dyson ('James, Inventor'), by Julian Opie - NPG 6917

James Dyson ('James, Inventor')

by Julian Opie
inkjet on canvas, 2010
On display in Room 35 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6917

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