A new side of Julian Opie

Can a person be a logo? It can be if Julian Opie has anything to do with it.

Aniela 8, 2011

Source: Julian Opie and Lisson Gallery

Aniela 8, 2011

Having made iconic images such as his sleeve for Blur’s The Best Of, as well as creating a Royal Mail stamp to mark the 2012 Olympics, his instantly recognisable images aim to portray someone’s personality in as little detail as possible.

Daisies 2012, Continuous computer animation

Source: Julian Opie and Lisson Gallery

Daisies 2012, Continuous computer animation

A new show opening at London’s Lisson Gallery next month will be showing a series of these characteristically graphic, bold images; featuring a series of the walking figures that Opie has focused on of late.

Man in parka, 2012

Source: Julian Opie and Lisson Gallery

Man in parka, 2012

Newer works mark a departure from the flat imagery he’s famous for, incorporating unknown passers-by captured on the streets of London. His anonymous subjects, with  their individual idiosyncrasies and movements are frozen in time.

Summer 68, 2012

Source: Julian Opie and Lisson Gallery

Summer 68, 2012

In these new works, Opie is also looking to classical sources, creating a series of painted busts. These were created through three-dimensional scanning, in which his sitters’ heads were scanned from various angles. The forms were then simplified and dipped in resin, before being hand painted to produce the final works.

Winter 2012, Projected digital animation with sound

 The influence of sculpture is seen elsewhere, too, in a group of mosaic portraits. While the exhibition shows clear influences from 17th and 18th Century English, Dutch and French portraits, Opie’s more familiar references to modern day advertising and media remain.

Woman in high heels with telephone, 2012

Source: Julian Opie and Lisson Gallery

Woman in high heels with telephone, 2012

In six video works, landscapes are animated on LCD screens, soundtracked by the sounds of nature and offering a glimpse of idyllic pastoral French vistas.

A highlight of the show looks set to be a huge LED sculpture of a galloping horse mounted on a plinth, in the gallery’s sculpture courtyard – so large that it’s visible form the streets around the gallery.

Julian Opie runs from 11 July – 25 August at Lisson Gallery, 52-54 Bell Street, London NW1

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