Julian Opie is impressing people in his largest solo show to date at the Lisson Gallery in London. The British artist is known for his clean and simple portraiture, utilizing bold lines and vivid color blocking.
Julian Opie takes inspiration from 17th and 18th century English, Dutch and French portraits. This influence is juxtaposed with modern mediums like photography and new media. The exhibition includes sculpture, photography, a series of digital animated LCD screens, a short film and a double-sided LED sculpture of a galloping horse.
Opie's use of contrasting brown and white color blocking provokes the viewers to consider racial issues, and his use of both historical and contemporary inspiration allows observers to draw lines between present day and past.
Julian Opie's exhibit will be shown through August 25, 2012.
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