Julian Opie - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 13, 2020 | Phillips

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    Julian Opie, 'Imagine you are driving. 4.', Lot 149

    20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, 14 February

  • Provenance

    Lisson Gallery, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘What I would really like to do is make a painting and then walk into it’ Julian Opie

    Belonging to a series of five paintings, Imagine that you are driving.4. presents an empty expanse of road disappearing into the distance. Based on photographs taken during an inspiring trip Julian Opie took across Europe in 1993, the work is an exquisite digital alteration of a rural landscape pushing the boundaries of traditional artistic practice.

    A cartoonish image reminiscing of the symbolic landscape of computer driving games and children books, Opie encourages the viewers to embark on an endless and hypnotic journey into a stylised representation of the world, emptied of human presence.

    Graduated from Goldsmiths in 1982 and burst onto a pre-Young British Artists art scene in London, the artist was one of the most influential figures for the now well-known group of artists. Though only few years ahead of the YBAs, Julian Opie instilled confidence in the youngest artists to become part of the artistic fabric and engage actively with the art community.

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Imagine you are driving. 4.

signed 'Julian Opie' on the stretcher
vinyl on aluminium stretcher, in artist's frame
240.4 x 336.8 cm (94 5/8 x 132 5/8 in.)
Executed in 1997.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £43,750

Contact Specialist

Tamila Kerimova
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Director, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

44 20 7318 4065

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 14 February 2020