Julian Opie was born in London in 1958, and is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists today. He uses pictograms and simple drawings and coloring reminiscent of anime to simplify the main artistic motifs of ancient times, such as landscapes and the human figure. This style of expression that employs minimal detail is continuing to garner support in both the art world and the broader cultural scene. Opie also has extensive knowledge of Japanese art. He is a collector of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyoe) by Utagawa Hiroshige and Kitagawa Utamaro, and the influence of Japanese art on his style is well known. His art is housed in the collections of major art museums throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the British Museum, the Tate Gallery, and Stedelijk Museum, as well as collections in Japan, such as those at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and the National Museum of Art, Osaka.
The artist is also engaged in numerous projects that transcend the framework of art, including producing four portraits for the cover of the “Blur: The Best Of” album, doing the set design for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, and participating in stage design for the band U2.