For the first time in many years a galloping equestrian guest has taken up residency at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).
Opie uses a reductive process of stripping back photographed images of his subject matter – be it people, landscapes or still lives – to the bare minimum, leaving just the few lines that make something unique and recognisable. Galloping Horse uses this process to reinvent the classical equestrian sculptures frequently seen around city centres.
Clare Lilley, YSP’s Director of Programme, said: “Julian Opie is one of the most significant artists of his generation and Galloping Horse is a beautiful work that extends the material of contemporary sculpture, making full use of new technology. It is a pleasure to welcome this exceptional piece to the Park and to see it in a landscape that has been used by horse riders for hundreds of years.”
Born in London in 1958, Opie studied at Goldsmiths College and emerged as an influential figure in the 1980s. His work can be found in many public collections worldwide including Tate; the Arts Council Collection; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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