Friday 28 July 2017

Opie's Dyson portrait to go on show

Inventor Sir James Dyson has been immortalised in a new portrait by artist Julian Opie. Photo: PA
Inventor Sir James Dyson has been immortalised in a new portrait by artist Julian Opie. Photo: PA

Robert Dex, Press Association Arts Correspondent

Inventor Sir James Dyson has been immortalised in a new portrait by artist Julian Opie.





The picture will go on show at the National Portrait Gallery, in London, on Saturday.



Sir James, who invented and successfully marketed the bagless vacuum cleaner, said he was "surprised and delighted" by the portrait.



He said: "When I visited Julian's studio I was astonished by how widely he was experimenting with media and subject. Having been a fan for years, I loved the new direction in his recent portraits with the use of subtle shading and light. It was all very inventive and I felt an immediate affinity."



Opie came to wider prominence in 2000 when he designed the cover for pop band Blur's greatest hits album.

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