Red

Red
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 2005
Signed Print Edition of 250
H 29cm x W 76cm

Critical Review

Red by Bridget Riley, features seven colours: the most in any one of Riley’s Lozenges series of prints. Amidst this carnival of varying colours lies one red tear shape, situated to the left-hand side of the print. As Riley’s curvilinear shapes appear to slide serpent-like from left to right, there appears to be no apparent rhythm nor pattern. Yet, as one’s eyes focus, parallel diagonal lines moving from left to right emerge, revealing the mathematical precision that underpins each one of Riley’s compositions.

The fusion of figure and ground in Red creates a wave-like motion that celebrates the pleasure of vision and challenges the viewer’s perception. Describing her prints as opening a “small gap of pure perception”, Riley uses pattern and colour on an immense scale, Riley immerses the viewer in intense sensations.

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