This signed screen print was released in 1987 in an edition of 75.
Early Light, similar to other works featuring zigs or rhomboids, is inspired by the changing colours, shades and tones of the sky, and nature, during the summer months. Non-representational in their content, Bridget Riley’s titles inform the viewer of the inspiration and motivation underpinning the creation of each artwork.
Early Light demonstrates Riley’s continuing interest in capturing the brilliance of nature through abstract forms and varying colour combinations, which fizz and dance across the two-dimensional canvas. Therefore, despite Riley’s work being consistently abstract, it is grounded in her experiences of the natural world during her adolescence spent in Cornwall, escaping war-torn London. Riley confesses that the ever-changing Cornish seas and skies stimulated her vision, the sensations of which she seeks to recreate in her painting.