Bridget Riley, Intervals 1 (2019)
20.1 x 15.9 in (51.2 x 40.6 cm)
Sold in unused, excellent / 'as new' condition. Sold framed to museum quality standards.
Notes: A meditation on colour and rhythm, Intervals 1 continues Bridget Riley’s sixty-year exploration of sensation and how we see. Riley's paintings are not figurative or representative, yet the artist is a great observer of the natural world. She has an acute awareness of the effects of natural phenomenon – whether the shimmer of light on water, dappled sunlight through trees, or deep shadows across a landscape. Riley’s abstract paintings suggest the experience of these fleeting moments. Her works release light, convey movement and produce vibrations.
In Intervals 1 Riley returned to the stripe, a form she has used regularly since 1967. Five blocks of coloured stripes in purple, orange, green and turquoise are pitched against white bands – creating the intervals of the title – and surrounded by a white border. In Riley’s hands, white is always an active, carefully mixed tone and here, the white is every bit as important as the colours. At times, these bold white bands seem to take centre stage, while at others, the focus shifts and the coloured stripes appear to hover independently. Riley’s use of different arrangements of the four colours determines the pace of looking and our experience of the whole work – she exploits contrasts and the variable nature of colour.
This attention to the speed and inner dynamic of a painting, coupled with the artist’s engagement with abstraction, has often led Riley’s works to be described in relation to music, the most abstract of art forms. An ‘interval’ in musical terms refers to the distance between two tones or notes, either played together or in sequence. Intervals 1 is abundant with visual rhythms and a sense of upwards movement, like a rising musical scale.
The Measure for Measure and Intervals paintings reflect Riley’s ongoing fascination with perception – the process by which we experience and see the world around us. This interest was originally developed through her close analysis of the work of French painter Georges Seurat. His small, compelling painting La Luzerne, Saint Denis, 1884-85 left a particular impression on Riley during the late 1950s, and Seurat’s work remains an important touchstone for Riley to this day.