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Sylvan

Sylvan
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 2000
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 89cm x W 61cm

Critical Review

Composed of four colours in interlocking planes, the forms constituting Sylvan are elegant and serpentine, evoking a sense of disembodied movement. This carnival of colours: blue, green, yellow and orange, is redolent of a dance. Colour in this series, like Riley’s other series, is declaratively interactive: each hue seems to change pitch and tone depending on its neighbours. Far removed from Riley’s monochromatic origins, Riley’s Lozenges work sees the abstract artist at her most confident with colour.

Of her work, Riley stated the viewer’s eye “should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift. One moment there will be nothing to look at and the next second the canvas seems to refill, to be crowded with visual events”.

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