Born in London in 1958, Julian Opie studied at Goldsmith's College of Art from 1979 to 1982 and is one of the UK's best known contemporary artists, exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally.
Initially taking photographs of his subject matter - be it of people, landscapes or still lives - he then digitally manipulates the photographs and constructs his images by a process of elimination and distillation, and through this practice has developed a concise and reductive formal language. Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, 18th-century portraiture, popular comics and Japanese woodblock prints, Opie 'paints' using a vast array of media and technologies. His works have been realised in silkscreen, vinyl, LCD, LED, lenticular and flocking, and he continues to push the boundaries of ‘traditional' artistic practice.
In 2001 Opie was awarded Music Week CADS, Best Illustration award for his album cover design for Best of Blur. His work can be found in many public collections worldwide including Tate, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.