A whiff of winter: Julian Opie talks about his latest work

  • Aditya Dogra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 29, 2015 18:07 IST

The artist sees the world as a series of palletes from which to choose and draw, and artist Julian Opie brings that to life in his latest exhibition in the Capital. Part of the Reimagine Arts initiative that was launched in 2013 to build new cultural avenues between the people and cultural institutions, of the UK and India, the exhibition will showcase 75 prints that represent a circular walk taken by the artist through the French countryside on a harsh but beautiful day.

"It brings us immense pleasure and delight to collaborate with Julian Opie. The exhibition displays a form of art which is fresh and captivating to the eye, and also a step forward in building cultural connections between the UK and India through artistic exchange. The arts and culture are an important part of that relationship and we will continue to work with partners to support this," says Rob Lynes, Director of British Council India.


The exhibition brings out an innovative drawing process with the use of the camera and computer technology.

Titled Winter, the exhibition brings out an innovative drawing process with the use of the camera and computer technology, depicting movement through space using stop frame animation; where a series of slightly changing images mimic real movement.

"There are many ways of knowing a place, many ways of looking and of sensing your own presence. Thinking of the way Google Street View works and some early computer games where movement through space is economically evoked by surging from one static position to the next, I thought I could make a different kind of film." says Opie while talking about his work. "I had to draw fast to keep the sense of brief glimpses and movement, and once I got to the last image I carried on and redrew many of the first images as I had by then developed a rhythm and a way of editing the infinite detail of nature. I made the first film in the summer when the French colours are rich and the trees full, but I love the landscape in winter too and although winter trees are very hard to draw I made this second set," he adds.

He further talks about his first big project with the Council, which was the Indian Triennial in 1997, and how it is particularly pleasing to collaborate again in India and show this intimate project in Delhi and beyond. Winter will be travelling to various parts of the country over the coming months. Asked if he would like to do a similar series in India, he says, "I would love to come and draw the Indian landscape one day. I had earlier undertaken a drawing project of people walking in Mumbai which I exhibited in 2012, and I would love working on something new soon."

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