Aurulum, 1977
acrylic on linen
52 x 48 inches / 132 x 122cm

  Bridget Riley

paintings and works on paper | 1960s to 1990s
4 June – 28 August 2006

During the summer of 2006 Narborough Hall hosted an exhibition of works by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Bridget Riley. The show included several seminal works that traced her artistic development from the dazzling black and white works of the 1960s, with which she first made her name, through to the late 1990s.

Included were Lascaux, 1974 and  Aurulum, 1977, two delicate curve paintings radiating with pale, coloured light,  as well as Certain Day, 1989, an important example of her so-called zig period where Riley introduced the dynamic diagonal to disrupt the balance of her pictorial space.

The arresting canvas Midi, 1983, represented one of her most recognisable styles –simple bands of colour creating a visual rhythm - that developed following her travels to ancient burial sites in the Nile Valley (1979-1980). Inspired by their vivid decorations and consistent use of certain groups of colours, Riley began to explore the potential of the ‘Egyptian palette’ in her own work.
Also on view were the entire set of Fragments, 1965: a group of seven striking screenprints printed directly onto plexiglass – a new material developed in the sixties, which serves to reflect her and other artists’ preoccupation with the new, the synthetic and the fresh.