Sprinters, Paris 2024. (Complete set)

Julian Opie

Size: 131 x 98 cm

Nethaneel, Daniel, Kesi, Sam.
Kristal, Ama, Hannah, Bianca.
From Sprinters, Paris 2024., 2024 
Limited edition of 36

Available together as a complete set, these limited edition reliefs with collage on archival Museum Board by Julian Opie are created in celebration of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Signed and numbered by the artist on the reverse of the artwork, the pair comes presented in a sprayed white frame specified by the artist.
Individual framed size is 98.4 x 131.4 x 4.5 cm.

‘I have drawn people walking and dancing, jogging and even crawling. I have animated a galloping horse, a flock of walking sheep and many flying birds. Movement seems intrinsic to the world, it’s how we read the world, sense danger, catch prey. Having read much of the speed of early humans I wanted to draw some people running really fast, pushing our unique form of locomotion to its limits. I had planned to ask my son’s local running team but then this project came up. It’s surprising how often such happy coincidences occur.

I filmed the Team GB sprinters from way off across the running track to minimise parallax and then set about capturing the movement by drawing them frame by frame. I use a language of lines that comes naturally to me but also borrows from ancient hieroglyphics and modern signage. A functional outlining similar to a shadow. The animation process gives me around thirty drawings of each runner in consecutive poses and creates a pallet of images to compose complex groups. 

Watching races on TV reminded me of the groups of running athletes on Greek vases in the British Museum. I used the colours and lay out from these while imitating the engraving of ancient stone friezes with cut and layered card. It was such a pleasure to work with these amazing athletes.’  – Julian Opie

Sales are strictly limited to one edition per person. The Team GB lion's head logo and Team GB wordmark are registered trademarks of the British Olympic Association © 2024.
In collaboration with Team GB
Born in 1958 in London, Julian Opie graduated in 1983 from Goldsmiths School of Art, where he was taught by Michael Craig-Martin. Opie’s distinctive formal language is instantly recognisable and reflects his artistic preoccupation with the idea of representation and the means by which images are perceived and understood. 

In 2001, Opie won the Music Week CADS award for best illustration for the chart topping album, ‘Best of Blur’ - an iconic moment establishing the pop artist's cultural significance on the British cultural stage and beyond. Opie has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally throughout his career, and his works can be found in many public art collections, including Tate, British Museum, V&A, The National Portrait Gallery and The Museum of Modern Art.


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