Oh no missus! Julian Opie at the Holburne.

Julian Opie
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Oh no missus – as Frankie Howerd might have exclaimed – what is a naked woman and a little urinating boy doing on the back lawn at Bath’s Holburne Museum?

Well – hopefully – it won’t result in too many ‘ladies of leisure’ choking on their clotted cream and jam scones but the painted metal shapes and digital simulation are part of a fantastic exhibition due to open soon in this  popular museum of art at the Sydney Gardens end of Great Pulteney Street.

To those familiar with the  work of Julian Opie – English sculptor, painter, printmaker and installation artist –  you won’t need me to explain that these ‘humorous and playful sculptures’ are typical of a man who has been an influential figure on the British art scene since the 1980’s.

Opening on June 21st, the Holburne will be hosting  – Julian Opie: Collected Works which continues a series of exhibitions at the venue exploring artists and their collections.

Julian is one of this country’s most important and successful contemporary artists and this will be his first one person exhibition in a UK museum for over ten years.

Uniquely it will bring together his own works – including some previously unseen works – with pieces from his private art collection and explore the links and resonances between the two.