Julian Opie

Julian Opie was born in London in 1958. He developed an interest in art at a young age, which led him to study at Goldsmiths School of Art. Graduating in 1983, Opie was taught by the renowned artist Michael Craig-Martin, who played a significant role in shaping his artistic approach.

Opie’s career took off soon after his graduation, and he has since established himself as a prominent figure in contemporary art. He lives and works in London, continuing to create and inspire with his unique visual language.

Julian Opie’s work has been showcased in numerous prestigious exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. Some of the major museum exhibitions include:

  • Kunstverein in Cologne
  • Hayward Gallery and ICA in London
  • Lehnbachhaus in Munich
  • K21 in Dusseldorf
  • MAK in Vienna
  • Mito Tower in Japan
  • CAC in Malaga
  • IVAM in Valencia
  • MoCAK in Krakow
  • Tidehalle in Helsinki
  • Fosun Foundation in Shanghai
  • Suwon IPark Museum of Art in Korea

He has also participated in significant art events such as the Delhi Triennial, Venice Biennial, and Documenta.

Opie is known for his public art projects, which have been installed in various cities around the world. Notable projects include:

  • Dentsu Building in Tokyo (2002)
  • City Hall Park in New York (2004)
  • Mori Building, Omotesando Hill in Japan (2006)
  • River Vltava in Prague (2007)
  • Phoenix Art Museum in the USA (2007)
  • Dublin City Gallery in Ireland (2008)
  • Seoul Square in South Korea (2009)
  • Regent’s Place in London (2011)
  • SMETS in Belgium (2011)
  • Calgary, Canada (2012)
  • The Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, London (2012)
  • Permanent installations at PKZ in Zurich, Arendt and Medernach in Luxembourg, Taipei in Taiwan, Tower 535 in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, and WTC in Lisbon

Julian Opie’s works are held in many prestigious public art collections, including:

  • Tate, British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Arts Council, British Council, and National Portrait Gallery in London
  • The Museum of Modern Art in New York
  • ICA in Boston, USA
  • Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA
  • Essl Collection in Vienna
  • IVAM in Spain
  • Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon
  • The Israel Museum in Jerusalem
  • Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Japan

Throughout his career, Opie has been recognized with several awards:

  • Music Week CADS, Best Illustration for Best of Blur (2001)
  • Residency at the Atelier Calder in Sache, France (1995-1996)
  • Sargant Fellowship at the British School in Rome (1995)


Imagine you are Driving Fast, 2002

Julian Opie You Are Driving Fast