W04_Bridget Riley

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Biographic data Bridget Louise Riley (born 24 April 1931 ) is an English painter who is one of the foremost exponents of Op art. She currently lives and works in London, Cornwall, and France.

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Bridget Riley - Fragments 1965 | Bridget riley, Bridget, Riley

Untitled [Fragment 1/7]', Bridget Riley (1965)

Blaze (1964)

Late Morning (1967)

In 1967 Riley began to use pure colour in her paintings. She adopted a vertical stripe format to act as a neutral structure in which the rhythms of chromatic variation would bring the painting alive. Choosing careful sequences of colours, Riley explores the subtle effects of each upon the next. In Late Morning she was particularly interested in the effects of the warm and cold tones on white. This interaction creates an impression of pale yellow light radiating from the centre of the canvas.

Ra Inverted (2009)

Untitled (Circular Movement) (1962)

Sideways (2010)

Fall (1963)

Opening (1961)

Study for Shuttle (1964)

Bridget Riley, ‘Nataraja’ 1993

This painting is called Nataraja and is inspired by a trip she made to India. Nataraja means Lord of the Dance, and refers to the Hindu god Shiva.

From the Archives: Bridget Riley on

“They should be so complete as to need, and allow of, no further elucidation. The basis of my paintings is this: that in each of them a particular situation is stated. Certain elements within that situation remain constant. Others precipitate the destruction of themselves by themselves. Recurrently, as a result of the cyclic movement of repose, disturbance and repose, the original situation is re-stated.”


Books and published work Bridget Riley's Eye/Body Problem

Exhibitions The Responsive Eye

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What life struggles have the artist endured that could have impacted them/their work? http://www.op-art.co.uk/bridget-riley/ “After leaving the Royal College in 1955 Riley returned to Lincolnshire to look after her father who had been seriously injured in a car accident. The problems that had started in Riley’s final years at the Royal College were compounded by her current situation and led to a complete physical and mental breakdown for the artist.”



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