Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Britain has welcomed an unusual new resident – a galloping equestrian guest.Galloping Horse, 2012, the iconic LED sculpture by influential British artist Julian Opie, shows an animated horse running – as if through the historic YSP landscape and among neighbouring sculptures by Anthony Caro, Dennis Oppenheim and Peter Liversidge – atop a monumental brick plinth.
The sculpture references the horses that were once stabled on the Bretton Estate.
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.
The park’s programme director, Clare Lilley, 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 the Tate, the Arts Council Collection, The National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Opie was born in London in 1958 and lives and works in the city. He graduated from Goldsmith’s School of Art, London in 1982.
His public projects include works for hospitals, such as Barts & the London Hospital (2003) and the Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, London (2012), Heathrow Terminal 1 (1998), the prison Wormwood Scrubs, London (1994) and his design for the band Blur’s album (2000), for which he was awarded the Music Week CADS for Best Illustration in 2001.