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Shade

Shade
Signed Print

Bridget Riley

Screenprint, 1992
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 48cm x W 33cm

Critical Review

When discussing the series of prints featuring zigs or rhomboids, Riley stated their compositions were intended to be like ‘a coherent fabric of colour which advances and recedes in planes’. By cutting across the main bands, the diagonal shapes suggest layers of receding space. In Shade, these forms are larger blocks of colour. The composition is essentially a closer look at one section of another print belonging to the series.

By fashioning this innovative rhomboid form Riley claims a “whole new field of relationships opened up”. When enlarged, such as in Shade, these forms take up different positions in space. Ultimately, these shapes serve several functions: “they can change scale, harmonise or contrast with one another, repeat, echo,’create places’, etc.” Across her oeuvre, Riley teases out the different energies inherent in varying tonalities, delighting in the push-and-pull created through the juxtaposition of competing colours.