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Start by Bridget Riley

Start by Bridget Riley





Edition Size: 200

Sheet Size: 50 x 48 cm


Condition: Excellent

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Riley’s prints are a fascinating lens through which to examine the continuing evolution of her style. Certain phases of her painting have not carried across much to her graphic work; the rhomboid motif that occupied her canvases between 1986 and 1997 only resulted in two prints, for example. At other times, printmaking has been a valuable method for refining the ideas expressed in her paintings.

In 1997 she began to introduce a curvilinear element to her work, a theme that took a further two years to fully develop. These images expressed a sense of raucous movement and rhythm that might have become uncontrollable had Riley not sought to slow them down by expanding the scale and volume of the motif. In prints such as ‘Start’ the artist gives the energy of the original idea free rein. They represent a small, contained fragment of the wild.


The Artist

Bridget Riley

English artist Bridget Riley is renowned for her contribution to the Op Art movement. Her flagship works deploy optical illusions using black and white geometric patterns. Her early pieces nearly all used black and white, with the occasional addition of grayscale tones. As her career developed she began introducing colours in to her work, and she would experiment with how the addition of different colours in patterns lent a sense of movement to her pieces. Riley travelled extensively and drew inspiration from the places she visited, particularly with regard to the colours she chose to work with. Shadow Play, an oil on canvas that she produced in 1990, was heavily influenced by Riley’s interest in the Egyptian hieroglyphs in the 1980s. She is also well known for her murals, which have been created for museums in Paris and London.

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