From the series Walking in London 2 published by Alan Cristea Gallery in 2014. I rented a high-powered camera and, with the help of my assistants, set about filming people on the streets. In order not to disturb the models and make them look my way, we filmed from far away with a long lens. Unlike my former models I did not know the names of these people so I tried to guess their professions in order to have a title for each one. I like the way solicitor or waitress or teacher, defines them and encourages one to make assumptions even though it’s clearly just a guess. - JulianOpie, 2015


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Julian Opie was born in 1958 in London and graduated in 1983 from Goldsmiths School of Art. He lives and works in London. Opie’s major museum exhibitions include Kunstverein, Cologne; Hayward Gallery and ICA in London; K21, Dusseldorf; MAK, Vienna; Mito Tower, Japan, CAC, Malaga; IVAM, Valencia; MoCAK, Krakow; Tidehalle, Helsinki, Fosun Foundation, Shanghai and Suwon IPark Museum of Art. Public projects include Dentsu Building, Tokyo 2002; City Hall Park, New York 2004; River Vltava, Prague 2007; City Gallery, Ireland 2008; Calgary, Canada, 2012; St Mary’s Hospital, London 2012; PKZ, Zurich 2014; Arendt and Medernach, Luxembourg 2015; Carnaby Street, London 2016; and Tower 535, Hong Kong 2016. Opie’s works are included in many public art collections, including Tate, British Museum, Victoria & Albert, Arts Council, British Council and National Portrait Gallery in London; MoMA, New York; ICA, Boston USA; Essl Collection, Vienna; The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Japan.

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Mechanic, 2014
Lenticular print in aluminium frame
85.5 x 59.2 cm (33.66 x 23.31 in) - Size with frame
AP 1/10 outside of main edition
Signed on verso

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  • Dimensions
    85.5 x 59.2 cm (33.66 x 23.31 in) - Size with frame