Julian Opie, Woman taking off mans shirt, 2003
Lithograph in colours on wove paper
This work is from the edition of unknown size. Published by K21 Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, with the artist's copyright ink stamp.
60.3 x 100.3 cm | 39 1/2 × 23 7/10 in
In a handful of simple black lines and splashes of red and yellow, Julian Opie presents a sensual figural study in ‘Woman Taking Off a Man’s Shirt.’ By eliminating extraneous details, the feminine silhouette is easily understood by the audience. Influenced by billboards and cartoon imagery, the British artist’s rendering is no less titillating for its direct execution.
Julian Opie’s simple, graphic figurative portraits and landscapes generate a pared-back perspective on contemporary life. The artist’s distinctive, thickly outlined silhouettes take inspiration from classical portraiture, Japanese woodblock prints, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and traffic signs. Opie studied at Goldsmiths’ College and has exhibited in London, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Seoul, and many other cities. His work belongs in the collections of England’s Arts Council, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and many others. His pieces have fetched six-figure prices on the secondary market. Opie’s practice spans painting, drawing, sculpture, and film.
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