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Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 28cm x W 71cm

Critical Review

Leap, like several other prints comprising the Lozenges series (including Echo, Start and Sylvan) is composed of four colours. Green dominates here, alongside pink, brown and blue. Like the other prints in the series, serpentine, curvilinear forms interlock and, once one’s eyes have adjusted to the carnival of shapes, diagonal lines slanting from left to right emerge amongst the composition, betraying the lengthy process of planning and sketching that goes into a Riley screen print.

Riley’s carefully planned structure in Leap ensures that the figure/ ground relationship between the colours remains ambiguous. The segmented colours overlap in such a way that it is possible to read both colours alternately as figure and ground. Additionally, the shapes recall the outlines of leaves or petals. Despite being non-representational, Riley has previously expressed her great love for nature and the influence this exerts over her artistic production. Hence, the artist’s forms suggest shapes and rhythms found in the natural world.

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