Throughout art history, the self portrait has been a complex subject. A challenging feat for many artists, the art form is one of the most personal and intentional methods of self expression.

Julian Opie's self portrait entitled Julian is on display as part of current exhibition, Color. The portrait is distilled into Julian Opie's signature style, described by clean, simple lines, and deliberate blocks of contrasting color.

Opie was born in 1958 in England. He received his education from Goldsmith's school of Art in 1982. His work spans that of multiple disciplines. He is perhaps most well-known for his process of digital manipulation, through which he distills photographs of chosen subject matter, reducing the content to its purest and most essential form. Although his process is reductive, the portraits are imbued with a wide range of emotion from aloof coldness to psychologically penetrating glances --all within a narrow economy of pictorial means. Blurring the lines between illustration, environmental design, and fine art, Opie has managed to further refine and update the visual clarity and bold impact of 1960s Pop Art. 

Opie's work is held in important collections including those at: The Tate Gallery, London; The National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan; and The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

This work will be on display through April 18, 2014. 

What thoughts or feelings come to mind as his self portrait stares back at you?

Julian Opie / "Julian" / 2013 / Archival inkjet laminated to glass and back with dibond presented in a powder coated aluminum frame designed by the artist / Edition of 35

For more information about the artist or this work, please visit the Julian Opie artist page.