- Oil paint on fibreboard
- Support: 437 x 510 x 17 mm
- Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1999
Technique and condition
Ridge is painted on a solid support consisting of medium density fibreboard (MDF) panel 5mm in thickness, supported with pine battens on the reverse. The work is primed with a thick, smooth and slightly glossy layer of cream coloured, oil paint. The image is painted with oil paint. The colours are muted and predominantly cool in tone. The paint is vehicular with enough body to hold the crisp texture of the brush hairs, although the general appearance of the work is flat. The paint is applied to the front face only, with a few areas of exposed priming. A delicate stroke with a fine brush was used to accomplish the precise application of paint. The opaque paint has a slightly glossy finish. There are numerous embedded hairs and fibres.
The panel and the paint are both in excellent condition aside from a tiny loss at the top left corner. As the work is unvarnished and unframed, it will require careful handling and the most stringent display conditions.