Picture of final exhibition
During our summer holidays, we were asked to go to london, so that we may visit the National Portrait Gallery. The reason for this being, we had to make several studies of differnt artists work. Once we had done this, we then had to choose one of the artists we had studied, then prodce a self portrait in the style of thier work.
The artists in which i focused on were:
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Julian Opie (1958-)
Tamara de Lempicka (1898-1980)
After this initial research, I decided to choose Julian Opie as my artist. The reson for this being, not only that i find jlian Opies work to be most visually interesting, but i love the way Opie is able to produce such simplistic pieces but still able to capture his subjects personality within his work. He simplifies all characteristics of his subjects, by removing crucial facial features, such as the subjects eyes and mouth and replaces them with far more simplistic versions, such as dots for eyes and a mere couple of lines for the mouth.
Despite doing all this, Julian Opie is still able to produce works of art which are still recognisable as the subjects he used but just greatly stylised. Which in my opinion can sometimes be more difficult than trying to produce an over worked drawing of someone , which may not actually portray the subjects personality or be as asthetically pleasing to the eye.
One of Julian Opies most iconic pieces is the design of an albumn cover for the band blur. In which all four band members are illustarted in Julians simplistic stlye.