Off the shelf I. Oil painted steel. 770x810x254 mm; 30 3/8x32x10 inches. 1985.
Provenance: Lisson Gallery, London.
During mid-1980s, Opie was a recent graduate of Goldsmiths College and had already had his first one-person show at Lisson Gallery, London. He was identified as part of the New British Sculpture Movement and was making loosely painted steel sculptures that drew from his observation of everyday objects, rendering them with humor and wit in a cartoonish style. As he developed as an artist, his work grew more simplified, larger and stylized, expanding his ouevre to include paintings and works that incorporate technology and digital imagery.