One of the leading figures in contemporary art, for over three decades Julian Opie (b. 1958) has pushed the boundaries of portraiture, painting, and sculpture, seeking to break down what he believes to be illogical barriers between the disciplines. He has developed a unique formal language that combines the vernacular of everyday life with motifs inspired by art history.
This exhibition centres around a new acquisition of works from the series Winter. (2012), a sequence of seventy-five prints that represent a circular walk taken by the artist through the French countryside on a harsh but beautiful day. The prints absorb an eclectic range of influences, from 17th-century Dutch landscape painting to Street View on Google Maps, and are at the forefront of Opie’s continued investigation into the experience of landscape. The installation of these works creates a surrounding panorama that combines the rural landscape with slick architectural surfaces immersing the viewer in the purified essence of his experience. A film of the Winter. walk accompanies the exhibition and features a score written by composer Paul Englishby and vocals by the artists’ wife Aniela Opie.