Contemporary Print Market Report
Bridget Riley: Untitled, Oval Image - Signed Print

Untitled, Oval Image
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

£60,000-£90,000 Guide

This estimate blends recent public auction records with our own private sale data and network demand.

Screenprint, 1964
Signed Print Edition of 50

Critical Review

This print is one of the earlier works made by Riley, created before the artist had achieved critical, international acclaim. Riley rose to fame following a display of several of her black and white prints, much like Untitled, Oval Image. The works were displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965 as part of their Representative Eye exhibition. People were captivated by Riley’s use of black and white and the way in which the artist was able to produce optically dazzling, psychedelic works which, at times, seemed like optical illusions.

Riley’s early works are characterised by a limited colour palette, with the artist privileging black and white. When seen alongside some of Riley’s later works, this print captures the development of Riley’s visual language and artistic style. Riley began experimenting with colour in the late 1960s and the artist became fascinated with the way in which colour can have an impact on perceptions and emotions. Unlike her early works, colour is an important element of Riley’s later artistic endeavours.

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