Julian Opie



Julian Opie


Populating a host of worldwide public art collections – from London’s National Portrait Gallery to New York’s MOMA via the Takamatsu City Museum in Japan – Opie’s signature characters and landscapes are instantly recognisable. A graduate of Goldsmiths and portrait painter of everyone from Blur to Sir James Dyson, Opie uses pared down black lines and strong colours to create his prints, paintings and sculptures, blending the influences of Pop Art and Minimalism into a completely unique style.



Did you know?

In a 2012 Evening Standard article, Opie confessed that his shading technique was influenced by 1980s manga porn.

Country of Birth

United Kingdom

Auction Record


Christies's New York, 'Woman Posing in Underwear 1', 2018

Notable Collections

National Portrait Gallery, London, UK

Tate, London, UK

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA

ICA, Boston, USA

Notable Exhibitions

Julian Opie, Lisson Gallery, New York, USA, 2019

Julian Opie After Van Dyck, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, 2017

Paintings, Sculptures, Film., Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK), Krakow, Poland, 2014

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