Julian Opie biography in Biographies from the artzine on artrepublic.com
Julian Opie is one of the most important, influential and popular artists currently working in Britain. His style was brought into the public eye when he was asked to design the cover for the British band, Blur's best of album.
He is one of the leading figures in computerised art. His highly stylised 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 a just the black circle of the pupil, and sometimes a head is represented by a circle with a space where the neck would be. In this way, Julian Opie tries to present the complexities of the human form by reducing it to its mere basics.
Julian Opie studied at Goldsmiths College (1979–82) under Michael Craig-Martin, for whom he briefly worked as an assistant. His work is held in most major museum collections including The Tate Gallery, London, and MoMA, New York, and he has completed major public commissions in cities all over the world.