Through his work, Julian Opie has long been examining how we, as viewers, see things. His portraits, sculptures, and reliefs provide a way of depicting the world in which he balances the nuanced styles of Western Art with graphic traditions of caricature, illustration, and even cartoon. His radical approach, which for a period involved offering his works for sale through a catalogue, has caused him to perfect the translation of person and object to art: from reality to artifice. Opie's are brilliantly constructed images, shaped and honed, whether sketched in metal, or crafted through computer software.
Opie is one of the UK's best known contemporary artists, exhibiting widely both nationally and internationally. His work can be found in many public collections worldwide, including: The Tate Gallery, London; The Arts Council of Great Britain; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.