Ra (Inverted)

Ra (Inverted)
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 85
H 136cm x W 114cm

Critical Review

Beginning in 1967, Riley’s works featuring stripes, of which Ra (Inverted) is included, explore the effects of one colour on the next. In this series, Riley adopted a repeated vertical stripe format to act as a neutral structure, in which the rhythms created by chromatic variation would bring the painting to life.

One of Riley’s largest striped works, Ra (Inverted) is composed of many vibrant colours, repeating at odd intervals and represents the zenith of the artist’s confidence with exploring colour, which was not introduced into her work until the late 1960s. Vertical stripes of white feature to act as a pause, breaking up the colourful and accentuating the accents of the other hues. Black stripes also function to similar effect, adding to the brilliance of the other, more playful tones.

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