Julian Opie at Alan Cristea

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Initially taking photographs of his subject matter – be it of people, landscapes or still lives – Julian Opie, the subject of an exhibition of new work at Alan Cristea gallery in London, then digitally manipulates the photographs and constructs his images by a process of elimination and distillation, and through this practice has developed a concise and reductive formal language. Drawing from influences as diverse as billboard signs, 18th Century portraiture, popular comics and Japanese woodblock prints, Opie ‘paints’ using a vast array of media and technologies. His works have been realised in silkscreen, vinyl, LCD, LED, lenticular and flocking, and he continues to push the boundaries of ‘traditional’ artistic practice.