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Julian Opie at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

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Julian Opie unveils first major Australian exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne.

The NGV's newest exhibition by British artist Julian Opie is so much fun.

Julian Opie NGV

From a shoal of virtual carp swimming in the NGVís waterwall to a towering metropolis of skyscrapers in Federation Court, more than 60 of Julian Opieís works are on display at the National Gallery of Victoria in the artistís first major Australian exhibition.

Opie's digital pop art is quite distinctive. BritPop fans may be familiar with Opieís work seen on the album cover of Blur: The Best Of.

Julian Opie's work on the album cover of Blur: The Best Of

His work features thick black outlines of people and objects that are filled in with solid areas of flat colour. See Opie's moving image work (from 1993 - present) at the NGV from 9 Nov to 17 Feb and spot sparkly sequins, dangling earrings and moving eyes on digital portraits.

Keep a look out for stone sheep grazing, digital crows pecking and a horse galloping in the Grollo Equiset Garden; and a reimagining of the famed Belgian fountain Manneken Pis in the NGV moat.

Julian Opie has also collaborated with NGV Kids to create a second interactive exhibition for families, Julian Opie: Studio for Kids.

Craft your very own Opie-style digital self-portrait using line and colour, at one of 10 multimedia "Julian and Me" stations.

Julian Opie: Studio for Kids. Image c/o Tom Ross

Julian Opie NGV. Image c/o Eugene Hyland

Little fingers can play with felt faces on large craft tables.

Felt faces at Julian Opie: Studio for Kids

Julian Opie is another excellent exhibition at the NGV on St Kilda Road and it's completely free for everyone to enjoy.

Julian Opie NGV. Image c/o Tom Ross

Where: NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: 9 Nov 18 to 17 Feb 19
Web: NGV.gov.au

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