New Portrait of Sir James Dyson by Julian Opie on Show at the National Portrait Gallery

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LONDON.- A new portrait of one of Britain’s most successful inventors by artist Julian Opie went on display at the National Portrait Gallery on Saturday 6 August. The portrait of Sir James Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, is the first work by Julian Opie to be commissioned by the Gallery, and is being shown alongside other works by the artist. The large-scale, head and shoulders portrait depicts Sir James looking out of the canvas beyond the viewer. Opie is known for his highly stylised work involving the reduction of photographs or short films into figurative representations, the human face often characterised by black outlines with flat areas of colour and minimal detail. In more recent works, he has found inspiration in historic portraits, referencing traditional poses, and this new portrait is reminiscent of ‘heroic’