Julian Opie (britannique, né en 1958 à Londres), sculpteur et artiste numérique associé au mouvement de la nouvelle sculpture britannique, est surtout connu pour ses portraits dont les formes sont réduites aux lignes essentielles et à des aplats de couleurs. Né à Oxford, il étudie à l’École d’Art Goldsmith de 1979 à 1983, période durant laquelle il crée la série Eat Dirt, Art History, où il reproduit de façon ironique des œuvres célèbres. Opie réalise d’abord des sculptures en acier, des structures architecturales ainsi que des formes géométriques et abstraites. Plus récemment, il s’est concentré sur des supports numériques comme l’art graphique et des projections de LED. Son travail s’appuie sur des portraits classiques, des estampes japonaises et l’esthétique du Pop Art, plus particulièrement sur le travail d’Andy Warhol (américain, 1928-1987) et de Roy Lichtenstein (américain, 1923-1997).

Opie crée un langage visuel fragmentaire et stylisé qui dépersonnalise ses sujets mais inclut des détails comme par exemple une fleur exotique dans Muliati, Shop Assistant (2002), des titres spécifiques et différentes couleurs d’arrière-plan pour distinguer chaque œuvre. Opie réalise plusieurs animations en continu sur des écrans LCD comme Christine Blinking (1999) et Suzanne Walking (2002). Un certain nombre d’œuvres d’Opie sont exposées dans des lieux publics dont Ann Dancing (2007), une sculpture constituée de quatre écrans LCD et installée dans une partie de la promenade de l’Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Son travail figure parmi plusieurs collections publiques, notamment la Tate Gallery de Londres, le Musée national d’art d’Osaka et le MoMA de New York. Il vit et travaille à Londres.

Chronologie

1958
Born in London, UK
1978 – 1979
Attended Chelsea School of Art, London, England
1979 – 1982
Attended Goldsmith’s College of Art, London, England
1983
First one-person show at the Lisson Gallery, London
1985
Exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
1993
Major retrospective of his work at the Hayward Gallery, London
1994
Wormwood Scrubs, Perimeter Wall Paintings, Commissioned by HMP Wormwood Scrubs
1995
Awarded the Sargent Fellowship at The British School in Rome
1995 – 1996
Residency at the Atelier Calder in Sache, France
1997
Imagine you are moving. Commissioned and Funded by BAA Plc as part of the BAA Ar Programme in association with the Public Art Development Trust
2001
Music Week CADS, Best Illustration for Best of Blur
Lives and works in London, England

Expositions

2013
Krobath Gallery, Vienna, Austria (solo)
City of London, UK, Great St Helen' Sculpture Space (solo)
Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo,Norway (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, UK (solo)
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, UK, touring exhibition (solo)
Iniva London and Tate Liverpool, UK, touring exhibition (solo)
Patick De Brock, Belgium (solo)
Compton Verney, UK (solo)
Looking at the View, Tate Britain, London, UK
2012 – 2013
Pop Art Accrochage, Fluegel-Roncak Gallery, Nuremberg, Germany
Looking at the View - Tate Britain, London (England)
2012
Sakshi Gallery, Dehli, India (solo)
Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
The Gallery Collection, Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland
"Der Blick, das Wort, die Geste" ("The look, the word, the gesture" - works from the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein Collection), RLB Kunstbrücke Innsbruck, Austria
"Schau mir in die Aug...", Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
"Spotlights Video Art", Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
2011
Modern British Sculpture, Royal Academy, London, UK
CAMERA VIVANT, AD Projects at Central Utah Arts Center, Ephraim, UT
Moving Portraits, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill an Sea, UK
Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Krobath, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England (exh cat) (solo)
Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, Barbican Art Gallery, London, England
Rugby Collection 2011, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, UK
Observadores, Museu Colleccao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Fast Forward: British Contemporary Art in Brazil, Brazilian British Centre Galleries, Pinheiros, Brazil
DLA Piper Series: This is Sculpture, Tate Liverpool, UK
Was ist schön?, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany
21st Century: Art in the first Decade, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
2010
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal (solo)
IVAM, Valencia, Spain (solo)
Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
Eleven, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England
The Rhythm of Istanbul, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
Sea Fever: From Turner to Today, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southamptom, UK
Pictures about Pictures, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria
From Here to There: Contemporary Work from the Arts Council Collection, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK
Realism – The Adventure of Reality, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
2009
Boule to Braid, curated by Richard Wentworth, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Citygarden, Saint Louis, MO
Wham – Painting and Beyond, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lisson presents 2, Lisson Gallery, London, England
Dancing in Kivik, Kivik Art Centre, Osterlen, Sweden (solo)
Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy (solo)
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea (solo)
Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (solo)
SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Patrick De Brock, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
Transparency, National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic (group)
2008
Lisson Gallery, London, England (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, England (solo)
Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Art Tower Mito, Japan (solo)
The prospect 27, Roche Court Sculpture Park, Salisbury, UK (group)
Still / Motion", Mie Prefecture Museum, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan (group)
Recent works, MAK Vienna, Austria
2007
Passion for Art, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria
Group Show II, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA
Walk on the Vltava, Museum Kampa, Prague, Czech Republic (solo)
This is Shahnoza, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany (solo)
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA(solo)
Julian Opie in the 90‘s, King‘s Lynn art centre, Norfolk, UK (solo)
SIGNS, outdoor exhibition organized by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (solo)
Show Time, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain
2006
Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Auto Nom Kasel, Germany
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists, touring: California College of Arts, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA; McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC; ICA Boston, MA; Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; University Art Museum, California State University at Long Beach; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2005
Gallery Mario Sequeira, Braga, Portugal (solo)
La Chocolateria, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (solo)
Scai the Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
ICA, Boston, MA (solo)
Gallery MGM, Oslo, Norway (solo)
Gallery Valentina Bonomo, Rome, Italy (solo)
2004
Bearings: Landscapes from the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
The Tower Block, vertical architecture, Clifford Chance, Canary Wharf, London, UK
Porträt ohne Antlitz, (Face without features) Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany (exh. cat.)
Funny Cuts; cartoons and comics in contemporary art, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
People, Mimmo Scognamiglio, Naples, Italy
Summer Exhibiton, Royal Academy of Art, London, UK
Animals, buildings, cars and people, curated by Tom Eccles, Public Art Fund, City hall Park, New York City, USA (solo)
Sara, Bryan & Monique, Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Kunsthandlung H. Krobath & B. Wimmer, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium (solo)
Barbara Thumm Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
MCA Chicago, IL (solo)
2003
Saved, 100 Years of the National Art Collections Fund, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (exh. cat.)
Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
Arcadia; the other life of video games, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand
Addiction, curated by Christopher Kul-Want, 15 Micamber Street, London, UK
Bienal de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
No Art-No City - City Utopias in Contemporary Art. Städtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen, Germany (exh. cat.)
Auto-nom, das Automobil in der Zeitgenössischen Kunst, NRW Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany (exh. cat.)
Urban Codes - Coder/De' coder, espace de l'art concret, Château de Mouans, Mouans-Sartoux, France (exh. cat.)
Trickfilm, André Buchmann Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Robert Mc Lain Gallery, Houston, TX
MART - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy (exh. cat.)
Galerie Bob Van Orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
K21 Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
Neues Museum Nurnberg, Nuremberg, Germany (solo)
Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2002
Rebecca Camhi Gallery, Athens, Greece (solo)
Mario Sequeira Gallery, Porto, Portugal (solo)
Berlin Classics, an installation in the courtyard of the gallery in collaboration with Caroline Raspé, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
2001
Lisson Gallery, London, UK (exh. cat./ solo)
1983
Lisson Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1982
Sculpture for a Garden, (Hounslow Sculpture II), Gunnersbury Park, London, UK

Publications

2006
Julian Opie - Showtime, CAC Malaga, Spain (cat.)
2006
Vicente Jarque: Julian Opie, o el arte de la ambigüedad, Arte y Parte, no. 47, December 2006/January 2007
2004
Philipp Holstein: Julian Opie, der Vorsteher von Oz, Rheinische Post, 25. November 2004
2004
Ingeborg Ruthe: Piktogramm statt Weibsbild, Berliner Zeitung, 01. Dezember 2004
2004
Uta Grundmann, Nach dem Trubel - Berliner Galerien im Herbst, Berliner Zeitung, 01. Dezember 2004
2004
Tom Horan, The Olympics of the art world, The Telegraph, June 2004
2004
Michael Glover, Colourful, simple and noisy, The Independent, March 2004
2004
Our selection, The Art Newspaper, March 2004
2004
Settlements text by Laurent Heygi, Saint Etienne, France (cat.)
2004
Saved; 100 years of the national art collections fund, Hayward Gallery/Art Fund
2004
Julian Opie, Landscapes Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (cat.)
2004
Julian Opie - Bijou, Sara, Bryan and Monique Lisson Gallery (cat.)
2004
Julian Opie (J.O), text by Mary Horlock, Tate Gallery publication
2003
Julian Opie Neues Museum Nurnberg, Germany (cat.)
2003
Urban Codes coder/decoder Espace de l’art concrete, Mouans-Sartoux, France (cat.)
2003
Bijou gets undressed text by Julian Heynen, K21 Dusseldorf, Germany (cat.)
2003
Auto-Nom NRW forum, Dusseldorf, Germany published by Hatje Cantz
2003
Julian Opie/Alan Cristea ‘newspaper’ Alan Cristea Gallery, London (cat.)
2003
Rose Aidin, Brush with fame, Observer October 2003
2003
Maev Kennedy, Saved, The Guardian, October 2003
2003
Hannah Jones, The art of changing faces, Western Mail, April 2003
2002
William Jackson, “Art 33 Basel”, Galleries, August 2002
2002
Paul Usherwood, “B. Opened”, Art Monthly, No. 259, September 2002, p. 1-4
2002
From Archipov to Zittel, selected Ikon Off-site projects 2000 – 2001, texts by Deborah Kenmode and Jonathan Watkins
2002
Sculptura 02 International Art in Public Spaces, Falkenbreg, Sweden (cat.)
2002
Continuity/Departure, Tokyo Museum of Art, curator Kazuo Nakabayashi (cat.)
2001
Multiplication, a British Council touring exhibition of artist’s multiples, National Museum of Art, Bucharest. (cat.)
2001
Julian Opie, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm (book of stamps)
2001
Sarah Kent, Time Out, 28 February 01
2001
Cat Callender, Holidays of the rich and famous, The Observer Magazine, 5 August, p. 35
2000
Andrew Graham Dixon, The Art of Success, Vogue, pp.179-92, London, May 2000
2000
Julian Opie, Abbaye Saint-André, centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France (cat.)
1999
Breaking the Mould, British Art of the 1980s and 1990s, The Weltkunst Collection, London (cat.)
1990
Face Value, The Standard, London, 20 July
1990
John Russell Taylor. Taking a narrow view, The Times, 26 March