Riley has been strongly influenced by the colours and patterns found within nature throughout her career, utilising her own experiences of her surroundings. The use of verdant greens alongside earthy reds and oranges and shades of marine blue within Danae arguably references the inspiration of the environment, creating a glorious kaleidoscope of naturalistic colour tones. Riley also appears to have made reference to mythological influences through the title of the work, evoking the ancient Greek tale of Danae. The daughter of King Acrisius and Queen Euridice, Danae has been immortalised by artists throughout the centuries due to the existence of a legend in which Zeus descends on Danae disguised as a shower of gold, resulting in the birth of their half-divine son, Perseus. The bright yellow and warm gold tones that recur within Danae can arguably be read as alluding to Zeus in his fantastical guise, allowing Danae to be viewed as a contemporary interpretation of a classical myth. In its astounding technical and magisterial exploitation of the diagonal, Danae presents a captivating and carefully curated surge of colour with which the viewer is drawn to engage.
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