London 1931 - lives and works in London
Bridget Riley is one of the main proponents of Op Art. Her chromatic experiments were inspired by Renaissance painting and Classic modernism, especially by artists such as Piero della Francesca or Georges Seurat. A further point of interest was abstract colour field painting of the 1960s which led Riley to develop a sort of visual experimentation structure for her paintings, which were strictly composed of geometric patterns and often stereometrically distorted. In line with this, Riley limited her palette in the early paintings to black, white and shades of grey. Her paint surfaces seem to flicker, offering spatial depth and even movement while remaining completely abstract. The artist later heightened this effect by the strong use of colour. Riley has succeeded in developing a stringent visual language for her oeuvre, while at the same time pursuing formal inventions and developments over many decades. Her works remain contemporary to this day in the sense that they are aesthetic reflections and commentaries on the development of technical images in our time – beginning with photography and film, passing on to television and ending with imagery of the Digital Age. Bridget Riley’s contemporaneity is reflected by numerous prizes and countless important exhibitions which followed her participation in the momentous exhibition ‘The Responsive Eye’ in New York in 1965.