seoul: julian opie

it has been four years since julian opie had his first exhibition at kukje gallery in seoul. the london-based artist graduated from goldsmiths in 1983 and emerged as an influential figure in the british art scene of the 1980s after producing a series of painted metal sculptures that humorously combined loosely painted imagery with steel shapes. portraits and animated walking figures, rendered with minimal detail in black line drawing, are hallmarks of the artist’s style. opie returns to seoul with a new solo show at the same venue, opening there on thu - feb 13. presented this time is a new series of paintings and led-panels, all depicting opie's witty and astute observations of fashionable people on the streets of the korean capital and additional recent work. location: kukje gallery, 54 samcheon-ro, pavilions k2 + k3 [samcheong-dong].

© julian opie - walking in sinsa-dong 1 [2014]