Step by step, we are walking back into our lives, and getting closer to returning to a new normal.

Walking with Julian Opie

Just a few months ago, taking a walk seemed like an ordinary activity. Today it seems extraordinary.

Julian Opie has always thought that people walking were extraordinary. He has been exploring the movement of the human body for more than twenty-five years.

Opie films and photographs people walking along the streets of large cities and creates figurative works that capture the essence of human movement.

His use of minimal backgrounds led Opie to try to capture essential body movements in his work using  just a pole and a moving figure. He ordered the pole on line and then searched SoHo for a pole dancer who would be willing to model. The resulting works, including This is Shahnoza l, available at VFA, have become some of Opie’s most sought after.

Elly skirt top hand on hip legs crossed, a simple pose that many of us see and even do, becomes a dynamic form when presented by Julian Opie.

The universal appeal of Opie’s works have made him one of the most influential and sought after contemporary artists, with works in the permanent collections of the Tate Modern, the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, ICA in Boston, the Essl Collection in Vienna, IVAM in Spain, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Japan and many more.

Works by Julian Opie at VFA

Please contact us  for more information about New York Couples, Walking in Melbourne, This is Shahnoza, Elly skirt top hand on hip legs crossed or any of the other works of Julian Opie  available at VFA and, of course, please stay safe.