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Bridget Riley

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Birth year

Lives in
London, Cornwall and France

Works in
London, Cornwall and France


Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE is an English painter who is one of the foremost proponents of op art.

Her mature style developed during the 1960's, it was during this time that Riley began to paint the black and white works for which she is well known. In 1968 Riley represented Great Britain in the Venice Biennale. She was the first British contemporary painter, and the first woman, to be awarded the prestigious International Prize for painting. After a trip to Egypt in the early 1980s, where she was inspired by colourful hieroglyphic decoration, Riley began to explore colour and contrast. In some works, lines of colour are used to created a shimmering effect, while in others the canvas is filled with tessellating patterns.

A 2008 interview with the artist can be seen here.

Portrait photo by Laurie Lewis

Recent Exhibits

Bridget Riley participated in these exhibits:

Jan, 2015 Marlborough Fine Art Accrochage
Marlborough Fine Art
Jan, 2015 The Shell (Landscapes, Portraits & Shapes), A Show by Eric Troncy
Galerie Almine Rech
Dec, 2014 Fiona Banner selects from the V-A-C collection: Stamp Out Photographie
Whitechapel Gallery
Nov, 2014 Solo Exhibition
The Art Institute of Chicago
Oct, 2014 Prints
Marlborough Fine Art
Jul, 2014 Summer Exhibition
Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
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