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This exquisite triptych of prints refers directly to a group of paintings known as the Intervals series. Begun by Riley in 2018, they are an extension of her lifelong fascination with the way we perceive and experience colour in the world.
Each composition is defined by five blocks of four coloured stripes in muted purple, turquoise, green and orange, divided and bounded by the white of the unprinted paper. Alternating passages of contrast and harmony within each segment suggest the flow of music, and by varying the arrangement of colours Riley controls the speed at which we process the image. The percussive clarity of the white intervals affords the composition a sense of flawless control and poise, condensing an entire spectrum of sensation into an elegant and immutable order.
Riley’s work, while nominally abstract, has always been the result of an intense engagement with the natural world and the visual phenomena within it. In these prints we can find water, earth, air and vegetation all distilled down to their most essential forms. Some of her most recent prints, the Intervals series is a fabulous expression of an artist at the peak of her powers.