##Julian Opie is a visual artist of the New British Sculpture movement, mostly famously known for his distinctive depictions of figures, portraits, and landscapes.

This includes the iconic commission for Blur where he produced four portraits for their cover of the album ‘Blur: The Best of’ in 2000. The images were created digitally from photographs of Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree and convey the key information about their sitters with the minimum of detail, reducing the subjects to black outlines and block colours.

Opie plays with ways of seeing through reinterpreting the vocabulary of everyday life; his reductive style evokes both a visual and spatial experience of the world around us. And Opie’s work can now be found here in Valencia.

The exhibition runs until September 19th and brings together sixteen works installed in the Plaza del Colegio del Patriarca and the La Nau Cultural Centre. The event transcends the usual margins of a museum to take over the streets of the centre of Valencia.

As well as the monumental sculptures of Julian Opie, some of his work can also be found at the ‘London Calling’ exhibition within Fundación Bancaja:

Report & photos by Elizabeth Williams

Article & photos copyright Elizabeth Williams / 24/7 Valencia

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