“I grew up with English art of the post-war St. Ives School, artists such as Nicholson, Moore and Hepworth. I find myself drawn to a lot of the same subject matter. As with lyrics, it’s important to choose the right subject matter but they should not be seen as the point of the song, they allow a certain narrative and create a particular mood. The St. Ives mood is plain, modest and innocent, often lovely and occasionally cloying. I find myself contrasting this longing, wide-eyed, cool and natural quality with elements of our urban, post-industrial, somewhat ruined world” - Julian Opiet.
About the Blanket
Julian Opie, 'Sheep', 2014
Pure wool blanket
190 x 132 cm
About the Artist
Born: 1958; London, England
Studio: London, England
Education: Goldsmith's School of Art, London, England
Julian Opie has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, with major museum exhibitions including shows at Kunstverein in Cologne, Hayward Gallery and ICA in London, Lehnbachhaus in Munich, K21 in Dusseldorf, MAK in Vienna, Mito Tower in Japan, CAC in Malaga and IVAM in Valencia, MOCAK in Krakow, Tidehalle in Helsinki as well as the Dehli Triennial, Venice Biennial and Documenta.
Opie has presented many public projects in cities around the world, notably in the Dentsu Building in Tokyo 2002, City Hall Park in New York 2004, Mori Building, Omotesando Hill in Japan 2006, River Vltava in Prague 2007, Pheonix Art Museum USA 2007, Dublin City Gallery in Ireland 2008, Seoul Square in South Korea 2009, Regent’s Place in London 2011, Calgary, Canada, The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, London and more recently permanent installations at SMETS in Belgium and PKZ in Zurich.
He is represented by 13 galleries worldwide including Lisson and Alan Cristea in London, Barbara Krakow in Boston, Bob van Orsouw in Zurich, Gerhardsen Gerner in Oslo, Krobath in Vienna, Kukje in Seoul, Mario Sequeira in Portugal, Patrick De Brock in Brussels, Sakshi in Mumbai and Valentina Bonomo in Rome.
Opie's work is represented in many public art collections, including Tate, British Museum, Victoria & Albert, Arts Council, British Council and National Portrait Gallery in London; The Museum of Modern Art in New York and ICA in Boston, USA; Essl Collection in Vienna, IVAM in Spain, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Japan.