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Julian Opie is a British contemporary artist who became known in the 1980s for his reduced, computer-based art. His distinctive style is characterized by highly reduced portraits and landscapes, often consisting of simple lines and blocks of color.

  • Born: 9 February 1932
  • Place of birth: London, UK
  • Nationality: British
  • Studied at: Goldsmiths College, London
  • Similar artists: Roy Lichtenstein, C.O. Paeffgen, David Hockney
  • Era: Contemporary art
  • Stylistic direction: Pop art, New British Sculpture

Opie's works, found in both digital media and traditional formats such as painting and sculpture, explore the intersection of contemporary technology and classical imagery.

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Julian Opie was born in London in 1958. He studied at the renowned Goldsmiths College in London from 1979 to 1982. After graduating, he quickly established himself with his signature art, which is heavily influenced by computer technology and digital media. His distinctive style, characterized by minimalist lines and clean blocks of color, has bridged the gap between classical imagery and modern digital. Opie has worked in digital formats as well as traditional media such as painting, sculpture and installations.

Opie's work is exhibited in leading galleries and museums worldwide. 



  • 10.06.2023 – 04.12.2023 Tempo. Tempo! Tempo? - Schloss Derneburg Museum; Derneburg.
  • 12.04.2023 – 25.04.2023 Contemporary art selection postmodern NY - Isetan Shinjuku Main Store, Tokyo.
  • 03.12.2022 – 10.04.2023 Julian Opie: Studio for Kids – National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.



  • Julian Opie: The Complete Editions Volume 3: 2015 – 2021, Julian Opie, Cristea Roberts Gallery, London 2022.
  • Julian Opie: Editions 1984 – 2011, Jonathan Watkins, London 2011.
  • Julian Opie, Lynne Cooke, Wulf Herzogenrath, London 1994.


Own writings

  • Julia Opie. Portraits, Julian Opie, Zurich 2003.