Julian Opie

Imagine You Are Driving. 1. (1997)

About this artwork

This piece was partly inspired by a long road trip which Opie took across Europe in 1993. He took photographs along the way, which were then used as the basis for paintings. Opie reduced the amount of detail and used colours similar to those in computer racing games. This work is from a series of four, made from coloured vinyl by a commercial sign-making company. They are based on vector drawings made by a computer programme. Looking at the finished work, viewers are encouraged mentally and physically to enter the picture, and to imagine themselves on an endless journey.

  • title: Imagine You Are Driving. 1.
  • accession number: GMA 4349
  • artist: Julian OpieEnglish (born 1958)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Transport links
  • medium: Aluminium
  • date created: 1997
  • measurements: 238.80 x 335.00 cm (framed: 241.00 x 336.00 x 9.00 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 2000

Julian Opie

Julian Opie

Opie was born in London and studied at Goldsmiths College, London from 1979 to 1982. His early work consisted of deceptively realistic, folded-steel sculptures, which explored the interaction between painting and sculpture. Opie's more recent work has involved simplified portraits and scenes. Using a computer, he reduces images to their component parts, leaving the minimal of detail required to retain the image's identity. Opie has been exhibiting internationally since the beginning of the 1980s and lives and works in London.