Julian Opie (Born 1958)
Title: Gary, Popstar (s.8797)
Medium: Original screenprint, 1999, on paper, signed, numbered and dated in pencil verso
Published by: Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Printed by: Advanced Graphics, London
The Tate Gallery, London
Museum of Modern Arty, New York (MOMA) – Object Number 435.1999.5
Size: Height 24 in.; Width 20.1 in. / Height 61 cm.; Width 51.1 cm.
Edition: An edition of 40
Note: This is number 4 of a series of 6 screenprints produced by the artist in 1998/1999. The others were:
Imagine you are walking (Tate P78310)
Imagine you are driving (Tate P78311)
Landscape? (Tate P78312)
Cars? (Tate P78313)
Cityscape? (Tate P78314).
The prints were made from hand-cut stencils based on photographs that the artist altered on his computer. He began making portraits derived from photographs of real individuals, pared down to a series of lines and blocks of colour in 1997. In the black and white versions, to which “Gary, popstar” belongs, the image is composed of lines and areas of black and white with no grey tones. ‘Gary, Popstar’ is a figure Opie has portrayed in several versions. In 1998 a series of “Garys” was created in colour in four different sizes, small, medium, large and extra large. This series was the very first incursion into printmaking by this versatile “pop” artist.