Sir James Dyson by Julian Opie: New Commission

Past display archive
6 August 2011 - 2 January 2012

Room 40


The focus of this display is a recently completed portrait of the inventor and engineer Sir James Dyson by the artist Julian Opie, commissioned by the Gallery.  Dyson is the inventor of innovative products including the bagless vacuum cleaner, and the James Dyson Foundation encourages young people to pursue a career in engineering.  This portrait, titled ‘James, Inventor’ is shown alongside other works by Opie, one of Britain’s leading artists, from the Gallery’s collection, including his iconic four-part portrait of the members of the band ‘Blur’, and his digital self-portrait, where he appears to blink and breathe.