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Julian Opie

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Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2016 Five / Fifty / Five Hundred
Lisson Gallery
Current Exhibitions and Events
Aug, 2015 Artists in Their Time
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Julian Opie is a contemporary British artist, who uses computerised imagery.

His work involves the reduction of photographs (or short films) into figurative reproductions (created using computer software). In his portraiture, the human face is characterised by black outlines with flat areas of colour, and minimalised detail, to the extent that an eye can become just the black circle of the pupil, and sometimes a head is represented by a circle with a space where the neck would be. Opie uses computers in art for other works. His Imagine you are... series, demonstrated how activities such as driving, walking and climbing could be represented by simple reductions. In addition, Opie uses sculpture and light installations to present items of everyday life.

You can visit his offical web site here.


1958 Born London, England. Lives in London
1979-82 Goldsmith's School of Art, London

1995 Sargant Fellowship at The British School in Rome
1995-96 Residency at the Atelier Calder in Saché, France



Lisson Gallery, London


Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (travelled to Groninger Museum, Groningen, Holland) (exh cat)


Lisson Gallery, London (exh cat)
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (exh cat)


Franco Toselli Gallery, Milan
Lisson Gallery, London


Lisson Gallery, London (exh cat)
Galeria Montenegro, Madrid
Paul Maenz, Cologne


Lisson Gallery, London


Kohji Ogura Gallery, Japan. (with the support of the British Council)
Gallerie Luis Campaña, Frankfurt
Jänner Galerie, Vienna
"Interni", Galleria Franz Paludetto, Turin
Primo Piano, Rome
Kunsthalle, Bern, (exh cat)


Wiener Secession, Vienna, (exh cat)
Galerie Albrecht, Munich


Hayward Gallery, London


Kunstverein Hannover
Galerie Albrecht, Munich
"Imagine You Are Walking", Tramway, Glasgow


"Paysages", Le Channel, Galerie de l' Ancienne Poste, Calais
Monica De Cardenas, Milan


Gallery Analix Polla, Geneva
CCC Tours (exh cat)
Gallery Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
Lisson Gallery, London


Gallery Nova Sin, Prague (exh. cat.)
Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin (exh. cat.)
"Sculpture", The Economist Plaza, London
Kunsthandlung H. Krobath & B. Wimmer, Vienna


Primo Piano, Rome
Morrison Judd, London
Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Gallery Bob van Orsouw, Zurich
Barbara Thumm Gallery, Berlin (exh. cat,)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston
Lenbachhaus Stadtische Galerie, drawing room, Munich



Lisson Gallery, London
"Sculpture For a Garden", (Hounslow Sculpture II), Gunnersbury Park, London


Charter House Square, London
"Young Blood", Riverside Studios, London
"Beelden/Sculpture 1983", Rotterdam Arts Council, Rotterdam, (exh cat)
"The Sculpture Show", Hayward and Serpentine Galleries,London (organized by the Arts Council of Great Britain) ;(exh cat)
"8 Sculptors' Drawings", Air Gallery, London
"Making Sculpture", Tate Gallery, London (exh cat)


"Artists for the 1990s - 10 Galleries, 10 Artists", Paton Gallery, London
"Underwater", Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth
Sculpture Symposium 1984, St Jean-Port, Quebec
"William Morris Today", Institute of Contemporary Art, London
"Perspective '84", Internationale Kunstmesse, Basel


"Julian Opie and Lisa Milroy", Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Jouy-en-Josas, France
"Metaphor and/or Symbol. A Perspective on Contemporary
Art", The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (exh cat);(travelled to The National Museum of Art, Osaka)


"The British Show", (organized by Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and The British Council) ;(exh cat) (travelled to Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; The Exhibition Hall, Melbourne; National Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand)
"XIIIème Biennale de Paris", Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris (exh cat)
"Still Life: A New Life", Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston (exh cat) (travelled to Bradford Art Galleries and Museum, Bradford; Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle; City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent)
"Anniottanta", (organized by the Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune
di Ravenna); (exh cat)
"Three British Sculptors: Richard Deacon, Julian Opie and Richard Wentworth", The Israel Museum, Jerusalem (exh cat)
"Place Saint Lambert Investigations", Espace Nord, Liège


"Figure 1", Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales
"Sculpture in a Garden", Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
"Forty Years of Modern Art 1945-1985", Tate Gallery, London (exh cat)
"Skulptur - 9 Kunstnere fra Storbrittanien", Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (exh cat)
"XVII Triennale de Milano", Milan
"De Sculptura - Eine Ausstellung der Wiener Festwochen 1986", Wiener Festwochen im Messepalast, Vienna (exh cat)
"Englische Bildhauer", Galerie Harald Behm, Hamburg
"Prospect 86.Eine internationale Austellung aktueller Kunst", Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (exh cat)
"Correspondentie Europa", Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (exh cat) "Focus on the Image: Selection from the Rivendell Collection", (organized by the Art Museum Association of America) (exh cat)(travelled to Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; Museum of Art,University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma; Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Museum of Art, Utica, New York; University of South Florida Art Galleries, Tampa, Florida; Lakeview Museum of Art and Sciences, Lakeview, Illinois; University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, California; Laguna Glori Art Museum, Austin, Texas)


"Terrae Motus", Grand Palais, Paris (organized by Fondazione Amelio, Naples) (exh cat)
"British Art of the 1980s: 1987", Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm (organized by the British Council) (exh cat) (travelled to Sara Hilden Museum, Tampere as "Britannia. Paintings and Sculpture from the 1980s")
"Casting an eye", Cornerhouse, Manchester
"Documenta 8", Kassel, West Germany


"Europa oggi/Europe Now", Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy (exh cat)
"Les Années 80: A la Surface de la Peinture", Centre d'Art Contemporain, Abbaye Saint-André, Meymac (exh cat)
Wolff Gallery, New York


"Britannica: 30 Ans de Sculpture", Musée des Beaux Arts-André Malraux, Le Havre; Musée d'Evreux Evreux; Ecole d'Architecture de Normandie, Rouen (exh cat)
"British Sculpture 1960-1988", Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp
1989 "Grenville Davey, Michael Craig Martin, Julian Opie", Lia Rumma Gallery, Naples
"Mediated Knot", Robbin Lockett Gallery, Chicago (exh cat)
"Objet/Objectif", Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (exh cat)
"Skulptur Teil II", Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich
"D+S Austellung", Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg (exh cat)


"Filling in the Gap", Feigen Gallery, Chicago
"Objectives: The New Sculpture", Newport Harbour Art Museum, Newport Beach, California (exh cat)
"The British Art Show 1990", (organized by The South Bank Centre) (travelled to McLellan Galleries, Glasgow; Leeds City Art Gallery;Hayward Gallery, London) (exh cat)
"Biennale of Sydney", Sydney (exh cat)
"Studies on Paper. Contemporary British Sculptors",Connaught Brown, London
"Bild und Wirklichkeit", Galerie Albrecht, Munich
"Sculpture", Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
"Real Allegories", Lisson Gallery, London
"Work in progress. International Art in the Caja de Pensiones Foundation Collection", Caja de Pensiones Foundation, Madrid (exh cat)



"Kunst Europa", Kunstverein Pforzheim, Germany (organized by the British Council) (exh cat)
"Centenary Exhibition", Goldsmiths Gallery, London
"Objects for the Ideal Home, The legacy of Pop Art", Serpentine Gallery, London (exh cat)
"A View of London", Künstlerhaus, Salzburg (exh cat)
Galleria Locus Solus, Genova
"Centenary Exhibition", Goldsmiths' Gallery, London


"Confrontaciones 91", (eight British and eight Spanish artists), Palacio Velasquez, Madrid (exh cat)


"Like nothing else in Tennessee", Serpentine Gallery, London (exh cat)
"Whitechapel Open", Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
"New Voices, New Works for the British Council Collection", organised by the British Council,Centre de Conférences Albert Borschette, Brussels(tour) (exh cat)


"Julian Opie, Juergen Albrecht, Tim Head, Yuriko Kurimoto", Foro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Verona
"Paolo Uccello: spazio e colore, tempo e materia, luce e forma. Battaglie dell'Arte nel XX secolo", La Salerniana, Erice and Sale del Bramante, Rome


"IN SITE - New British Sculpture", Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo
(exh cat)
"Machines for Peace", Ex-Yugoslavian Pavilion, Venice Biennale
Serpentine Gallery, London
"Juxtaposition", Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (exh cat)
"Made Strange", Ludwig Museum, Budapest (exh cat)
Padiglione del Arte Contemporain, Milan
"Sculpture of the Eighties", Connaught Brown, London


"Spuren", Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
"New Voices: British Painting, A Selection 1989-1992", (organized by the British Council) Travelled to Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, Centro Cultural Galileo, Madrid (exh cat)
"London Landscapes", Velan-Spazio 9 Arte, Turin, Italy (exh cat)
"Re Rebaudengo Sandretto Collection", S. Antonio di Susa, Turin
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
"Opera Prima", Trevi Flash Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Trevi / Associazione Culturale Arte Nova, Italy
"The Institute of Cultural Anxiety: Works from the collection", Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
"Cityscape", Monica de Cardenas, Milan
"Jedes Haus ein Kunsthaus", Museum für Gestaltung Zürich


"Drawing the Line", South Bank Centre touring exhibition (exh cat). "Micromegas", American Center, Paris
"British Art of the 1980s & 1990s - works from The WeltKunst Collection", The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
"Haus-Geburt", Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz (exh cat)
"De Henry Moore ós anos 90. Escultura británica contemporánea",Auditorio de Galicia,Santiago de Compostella, Spain (touring to Serralves Foundation, Oporto, Portugal); (exh cat)
"Fuori Uso", Stabilimenti Ex-Aurum, Pescara
"British Abstract Art Part II: Sculpture", Flowers East, London
"Architecture(s)", CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux


"Elsewhere", Galerie Froment & Putman, Paris
"On the Border", Dan Bernier Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
"Abstract/Real", Museum Moderner Stiftung, Vienna (exh cat.)
"City Limits", Staffordshire University, Staffordshire (exh cat.)
"The East Wing Exhibition", Courtauld Institute of Art, London
"Abstrakt/Real", Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna


"Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife", Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
"Foundations for Fame", London Institute, London
"Culturgest", Caixa Geral de Depositos, Lisbon (exh cat.)
"10 Jahre Stiftung Kunsthall Bern", Bern
"Material Culture: The Object in British Art of the 1980’s and ‘90s", Hayward Gallery, London
"printers inc."Arts Council Collection exhibition, organised by National Touring Exhibitions from the Hayward Gallery
"Artists for Sarajevo", Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (exh cat.)
"New Pieces", Julian Opie and Lily van der Stokker, De Gouverneurstuin, Essen (exh. cat.)
"Follow Me, British Art on the Elbe," (Curated by Eckhard Schneider), Art Studio, Deinste, Germany (exh. cat.)
"Art in the City", Kunsthaus Bregenz and Bregenz Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria (
"Need for Speed", (Curated by Thomas Trummer) Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (exh cat.)


9th Triennale-India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Dehli; 3 - 31 December 1997 travelling to Chandigarh, Bhopal, Calcutta, Bangalore and Bombay (exh cat.)


"Le Voyage Immobile", Galerie Georges-Philipe & Natalie Vallois, Paris
"Ciudades Sin Nombre", La Sala de Exposiciones de Plaza de España, Madrid
"Made in London", Expo ‘98, Museu de Electricidada , Lisbon
"Richtung Museumsquartier-Die Neue Sammlung (1)", Palais
Liechtenstein, Wien
"Then and Now", Lisson Gallery, London
"Every day", 11th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (exh cat.)
‘Distinctive Elements’, Contemporary British Art Exhibition, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Kimpo International Sculpture Symposium, Sculpture Park, Korea
"London Now", Saks Project Art, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York
"Surfacing contemporary drawing", ICA, London, 18 September- 1 November 1998
"Biennale of Sydney", Sydney, Australia


"Thinking Aloud",South Bank Centre Touring exhibiton curated by Richard Wentworth. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 7 November 1998 - 3 January 1999; Cornerhouse, Manchester, 9 January - 28 February 1999; Camden Arts Center, London 9 April - 6 June 1999 (


"Schöpfung", Freising Diözesanmuseum, München, Germany (exh cat)
"Etcetera ...", Spacex Gallery, Exeter
"Commom People. British Art between phenomenon and reality", Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo per l’Arte, Guarene d’Alba, Italy
"In the midst of things", Bournville, Birmingham, UK
"Manufacturers", The Paper Bag Factory, London
"Panorama 2000", Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands, (exh cat.)
"The Space here is everywhere", Villa Merkel, Bahnwarterhaus, Esslingen, Germany (exh. cat.)
"Den Haag Sculptuur 1999", Den Haag, Holland
"Shopping", FFT, London


Recent Exhibits

Julian Opie participated in these exhibits:

Apr, 2016 Printed Matter
Eleven Fine Art
Mar, 2016 Solo Exhibition
Gerhardsen Gerner
Jan, 2016 Line
Lisson Gallery
Jul, 2015 Summer Exhibition
Alan Cristea Gallery- 34 Cork St
Jul, 2015 Summer Exhibition
Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
Jun, 2015 Julian Opie: 2012 - 2015
Alan Cristea Gallery- 34 Cork St
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