This signed screen print was released in 2005 in an edition of 75. Composition With Circles 5 is an insight into the precise technique of Bridget Riley. Circles of equal size are placed, seemingly sporadically, across a rectangular frame. However, the circles are rendered according to the artist’s own intuitive volition. As they overlap and intersect, an intricate pattern is formed and new shapes are created: some symmetrical, others asymmetrical. Indeed, in-depth preparation is fundamental to Riley’s practice. As the artist herself attests: “I have to build up a bank of visual information first - about colours, forms, proportions, directions, etc. This is the essential basis to my work”.
Riley’s intricate, stylish, geometric abstractions pioneered the Op Art movement in the 1960s. Despite working in more jubilant hues since the 1970s, Riley occasionally reverted to the monochromatic style for which she first gained international acclaim.