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Julian Opie - City?

For City Hall Park, New York City, 2004. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.

Julian Opie - Sheep in Landscape

Animation, courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery

Sheep in Landscape


Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery

In this short animation Julian Opie shows a deceptively simple, much stylised landscape and concentrates on of a flock of sheep busily grazing the gently rolling hills. ‘Capability’ Brown was very particular about the grazing of his landscapes; they wouldn’t exist without this specific interaction, as keeping down the grass was an essential condition of their success.

Julian Opie

Julian Opie was born in London in 1958 and lives and works in London. He graduated from Goldsmith’s School of Art, London in 1982.

Solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow (MoCAK), Poland (2014); National Portrait Gallery, London, UK (2011); IVAM, Valencia, Spain (2010); MAK, Vienna, Austria (2008); CAC Malaga, Spain (2006); Neues Museum, Nuremberg, Germany (2003); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2001); Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (1994) and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (1985).

Major group exhibitions include the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK (2016); Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (2014); Tate Britain, London, UK (2013); Shanghai Biennale (2006); 11th Biennial of Sydney (1998); documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (1987) and XIIème Biennale de Paris (1985).

His public projects include works for hospitals, such as Barts & the London Hospital (2003) and the Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, London (2012); Heathrow Terminal 1 (1998); the prison Wormwood Scrubs, London (1994) and his design for the band Blur’s album (2000), for which he was awarded the Music Week CADS for Best Illustration in 2001. Opie’s work is held in many major museum collections including the Arts Council, England; British Museum, London, UK; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; IVAM Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA; MoMAT Tokyo, Japan; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; National Portrait Gallery, London, UK; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Tate Collection, London, UK and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK. Opie is represented by Lisson Gallery.