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Bridget Riley
"Composition with Circles 1" Bridget Riley Limited Edition Print 1998

1998

About

Composition with Circles I (1998) marks the first highly coveted iteration of Riley’s limited edition series, Composition with Circles. Rhythmic, lyrical and optical, Riley intuitively formulates an abstract field of repeating and overlapping circles within a rectangular frame. The circles are of equal size in black on a white sheet and halved at the frame’s edges. This geometric minimalist exercise leads to a surprisingly fruitful and kaleidoscopic image as the intersecting circles create an abundance of novel forms. As the eye dances across the picture plane, one feels the forms bubbling, as if new circles are constantly shifting, appearing and disappearing.

Details

  • Creator
    Bridget Riley (1931, British)
  • Creation Year
    1998
  • Dimensions
    Height: 17 in. (43.18 cm)Width: 31.5 in. (80.01 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Danvers, MA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU18227976232

About the Artist

Bridget Riley

British painter Bridget Riley’s visually spectacular abstractions seem far removed from natural forms. Riley (b. 1931), however, claims she draws her inspiration largely from nature, which she defines as a “dynamism of visual forces — an event rather than an appearance.” Indeed, dynamism characterizes her work, which explores how simple geometric forms can create illusions of movement. Born in 1931, Riley first came to worldwide attention in 1965, when she was included, alongside such other prominent figures as Victor Vasarely and Frank Stella, in the exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The catalogue cover featured one of her paintings, Current (1964), composed of wavy black and white lines that seem to vibrate as they move from the top to the bottom of the canvas. Since the 1970s, Riley has been experimenting with color, creating works like Nataraja (1993), made up of columns of brightly hued diagonal stripes that seem to pulse rhythmically. By instilling life, movement and energy into flat, geometric forms, she helped pioneer kinetic art. Browse a collection of Bridget Riley's visionary artworks at 1stDibs.

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