Following the tremendously successful presentation of 2006’s large-scale outdoor exhibition of works by renowned sculptor Barry Flanagan on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane will present an exhibition by Julian Opie. Walking Down O’Connell Street will respond to the central median of O’Connell Street and the Hugh Lane’s collection of figurative art with animated walking figures Sara, Julian, Jack and Suzanne. Opie’s images appear elemental, though they are amongst the most complex and sophisticated that can be found in public art today. Julian Opie is famous for his stylised figurative reproductions of photographs using computer software. In his portraiture, the human face is characterised by black outlines with flat areas of colour, and minimalised detail. One of his most recognisable works is his design for the cover of The Best of Blur album, for which portraits of the band are transformed into Opie’s style.

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