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Julian Opie at Alan Cristea Gallery

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Julian Opie (b.1958), one of Britain's most important contemporary artists, will unveil sculptures, prints and animations made over the past few years in a major exhibition at the Alan Cristea Gallery, London, from 26 April - 16 June 2018. Opie is an artist of contemporary life, using urban and rural landscapes, as well as moving figures, to bring time-honoured artistic genres into the twenty-first century. Working in a variety of media, Opie draws inspiration from both high art, design and the vernacular; lightbox advertising, billboard signs, Japanese Manga, seventeenth and eighteenth-century portraiture, nineteenth-century silhouettes, Roman busts and ancient Egyptian art. A new edition of five screenprinted wooden skyscrapers, Modern Towers 1 - 3, 2017, which reference a series of works that Opie made in the 1990s, will be shown together with prints of office windows. Scenes of the Cornish coastline, including Gribbin Head, Lantic Bay and Polridmouth, have been printed digitally and mount-ed onto white acrylic blocks for new editions. Cornish Coast 1. and Cornish Coast 2., 2017, are reminiscent of the kind of displays and signage you might find at an airport or on a high street. These will be shown alongside large hanging banners, inspired by Japanese scroll paintings, depicting scenery captured by Opie on a train journey from Seoul to Busan in South Korea. For a new series of relief prints Opie illustrates silhouettes of people walking around Melbourne, where he will have his first major solo museum exhibition in Australia in late 2018. These will be displayed together with hand-painted statuettes of walking figures (pictured), large screenprints of joggers entitled Runners., 2016, and bronze cast editions depicting standing figures. Profile heads are also presented as portraits using inlaid metal in black slate and limestone. Opie comments, "I notice the way that things are made in the world, or rather certain ways of making jump out at me and seem vibrant and evocative. I see an LED sign in an airport or a Roman mosaic in the British Museum and the way the materials affect the representation seems strong and moving. The way humans twist and mould the world to create images, to mirror the way that we see and interpret the world is what engages me." The Alan Cristea Gallery has been the exclusive worldwide publisher of Opie's editions for over twenty years.

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Alan Cristea Gallery

Pall Mall
0207439 1866

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