Landscape (1)

© Julian Opie 2024. Image credit: British Council Collection

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The world portrayed by Julian Opie is one of generic landscapes and cityscapes – images reduced to their most basic elements, signifying only a general classification of environment. Figures, animals or buildings, if they appear at all, are similarly archetypal models, mere devices to denote 'type'. And yet, once decoded, these seemingly lifeless views or bland forms, portrayed in flat colour on a two-dimensional plane or a three-dimensional block, succeed in evoking an identifiable atmosphere, suggesting narrative and even movement. The view of a roadway meandering off into the low horizon in 'Landscape' provokes the memory or image of a journey, moving across a rural landscape in an aeroplane as its prepares to land.

British Council Collection



Landscape (1)




acrylic on MDF


H 122 x W 244 cm

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purchased from Lisson Gallery, 1999

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British Council Collection

British Council, 1 Redman Place, London, Greater London E20 1JQ England

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