Julian Opie, born in 1958, is a contemporary British artist, and is known for his distinctive depictions of figures, portraits, and landscapes. The highly stylized treatment Opie gives his subjects – whereby features are created by thick black outlines and filled in with solid areas of flat color – is a blend of Pop Art and Minimalism with a wholly contemporary sensibility. ''The process of reading things as simulations but knowing at the same time that they are real is quite central to my work,” Opie has observed of his own art.
His earliest works consisted of painted steel sculptures exploring the relationship between visual and spatial observation. Over time, the artist has expanded his practice to include painting, installation, and cover art for albums. The artist’s works are part of the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and others. Opie currently lives and works in his hometown of London, United Kingdom.