Julian Opie, ‘I had made a couple of animated films of rippling water…..’, 2005, Mark Borghi Fine Art

I had made a couple of animated films of rippling water but I had an idea of a landscape painting with water moving in the foreground. The last time I was in New York I had bought a framed photo of a tropical island with a moving light behind that gave the effect of the water shimmering. It also had the sound of waves lapping. It had been tough to carry home and I had never hung it on the wall due to the incompatible electric current. I didn’t know if I could draw such a subtle movement as the rippling reflections but I filmed in various directions keeping the rain off the lens

Private collection, Japan
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Julian Opie

Julian Opie's distinctive reductive style draws from diverse influences including billboards, classical portraiture and sculpture, dance, Japanese woodblocks, and cartoons. His work comprises silhouettes, animations, LED animations, and simplified portraits and landscapes (such as Landscape? from 1998-99, a screen print of trees, grass, and sky in a flat pictorial rendering that recalls a child's puzzle). Employing a variety of media and technologies to make "paintings" of his subjects, Opie distills everyday images and experiences into concise but evocative signs and pictograms.

British, b. 1958, London, United Kingdom