Arcadia 5 is a signed screen print produced by Op artist Bridget Riley in 2013. The print depicts a composition of geometric shapes rendered in bright colours. Riley uses bold blue, green, orange and yellow in this composition which stand out against the white backdrop. Riley rose to fame in the 1960s with her black and white paintings, however the artist soon became fascinated with colour and the way it can influence perception and emotions.
Arcadia 5 is part of the Arcadia collection which Riley produced later on in her artistic career. The collection resonates with the Lozenges collection which Riley produced between 1998 and 2009 and is composed of works that depict interlocking planes of colour. Both collections explore the ways in which elegant compositions of curved geometric shapes can produce the illusion of movement.
The works in the Arcadia collection are reminiscent of Henri Matisse’s iconic cut-outs which the artist produced between 1943 and 1954. Riley has cited Matisse, alongside the post-impressionist Georges Seurat as notable influences on her artistic style and the development of her own, unique, visual language. Riley was also deeply influenced by the natural world and landscapes and the artist explains that she wanted to recreate the way in which the Cornish seas and skies were constantly changing and stimulating her vision.