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Julian Opie

Born in 1958 - Ireland

BIOGRAPHY

Julian Opie is a contemporary British artist born in London in 1958. His studio is in London, in the Shoreditch area.

The artist grew up in Oxford. He has studied at the Dragon School and the Magdalen College School in Oxford, and graduated from the Goldsmiths College. His early success with galleries motivated young artists, such as Damien Hirst, to take the same road.

His work, inspired by Patrick Caulfield or Michael Craig-Martin, plays with the (computer-aided) reduction of photos to figurative representations. In his portraits, the faces are characterized by stong black traits, surfaces of color and minimal details; the eyes, for example, are reduced to a little black dot representing the pupil.

His series "Imagine you are…" shows how simple activities such as driving, walking or climbing can be represented by simple reductions. Opie also employs sculptures and light installations in order to represent objects of everyday life. He became known to the public in 2000, when he produced the cover for the album Best of Blur and the visuals for U2’s Vertigo world tour, displaying walking figures on a stage set LED screen.

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EXHIBITIONS

EXPOSITIONS PERSONNELLES

2014
MoCAK (Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow), Krakow, Poland
“Julian Opie Collected Works” Holburne Museum, Bath and Bowes Museum, Durham, UK
Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany
Krobath Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Channing School for Girls, ARK Gallery, London, UK
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 

2013
Barbara Krakow, Boston, USA
Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy
Krobath Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Patrick de Brock, Knokke, Belgium
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo, Norway
 
2012
Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
Lisson Gallery, London, UK
 
2011
Lisson Gallery, Milan, Italy
National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
Krobath, Berlin, Germany
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)
Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
 
2010
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, USA
Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
IVAM, Valencia, Spain
Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
 
2009
Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy
"Dancing in Kivik", Kivik Art Centre, Osterlen, Sweden
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (exh cat)
Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
Patrick de Brock, Knokke, Belgium
 
2008
MAK, Vienna, Austria (exh cat)
Lisson Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)
Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Austria
Art Tower Mito, Japan (exh cat)
 
2007
Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
Museum Kampa, Prague, Czech Republic (exh cat)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, USA
King's Lynn art centre, Norfolk, UK
 
2006
CAC, Malaga, Spain (exh cat)
Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK

2005
Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal
La Chocolateria, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
MGM, Oslo, Norway
Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy
 
2004 - 2005
Public Art Fund, City Hall Park, New York City, USA
 
2004
Lisson Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (exh cat)
Kunsthandlung H. Krobath & B. Wimmer, Vienna, Austria
Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Barbara Thumm Galerie, Berlin
Krobath Wimmer, Wien, Austria
 
2003
Neues Museum, Staatliches Museum fur Kunst und Design in Nurnberg, Germany (exh cat)
K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany (exh cat)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
 
2002
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece
Mario Sequeira Gallery, Braga, Portugal (exh cat)
Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, USA
Atelier Augarten, Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria (exh cat)
 
2001
Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (exh cat)
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
 
2000
Abbaye Saint-Andre, centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France (exh cat)
Junge Kunst, Wolfsburg, Germany
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)
SCAI the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
 
1999
Primo Piano, Rome, Italy
Morrison Judd, London, UK
Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Barbara Thumm Galerie, Berlin
Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
Stadtgalerie am Lehnbachhaus, Munich, Germany (exh cat)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, USA
 
1997
Gallery Nova Sin, Prague, Czech Republic (exh cat)
Barbara Thumm Galerie, Berlin, Germany (exh cat)
The Economist Plaza, London, UK
Kunsthandlung H. Krobath & B. Wimmer, Vienna, Austria
De Gouverneurstuin, Assen, Netherlands
 
1996
Galerie Analix B&L Polla, Geneva, Switzerland
CCC, Tours, France (exh cat)
Bob van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
Lisson Gallery, London, UK
 
1995
Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste, Calais, France (exh cat)
Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy
 
1994
Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany (exh cat)
Galerie Albrecht, Munich, Germany
Tramway, Glasgow, UK (exh cat)

1993
Hayward Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)

1992
Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria (exh cat)
 
1991
Kohji Ogura Gallery, Japan (exh cat)
Galerie Luis Campana, Frankfurt, Germany
Janner Galerie, Vienna, Austria
Galleria Franz Paludetto, Turin, Italy
Primo Piano, Rome, Italy
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland (exh cat)
 
1990
Lisson Gallery, London, UK
 
1988
Lisson Gallery, London, UK (exh cat)
Galeria Montenegro, Madrid, Spain
Paul Maenz, Cologne, Germany
 
 

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