- Bridget Riley born 1931
- Screenprint on paper
- Image: 870 x 697 mm
- Presented by The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012
This work is part of a portfolio of twelve prints by British artists that was commissioned by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The contributing artists were Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Tracey Emin, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread. Creed, Hamilton, Hodgkin, Ofili, Riley and Whiteread were invited to create images for the Olympic Games while Banner, Craig-Martin, Emin, Hume, Morris and Smith created images for the Paralympic Games. The portfolio was produced in an edition of 150.
Bridget Riley is best known for her vibrantly-coloured, optical paintings. By manipulating relationships between colours and shapes, she creates illusions of movement, light and tone. For Rose Rose, Riley has arranged lines of bright candy colours in horizontal stripes, indicating the parallel lines of athletic tracks or swimming lanes. The relationship between the colours creates a sensation of movement, capturing the energy of sport and the Olympic Games.
Julia Beaumont-Jones, A Century of Prints in Britain, London 2017, pp.33–4, reproduced p.225.
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