Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley (1931) is a well-known British artist celebrated since the mid-1960s for her distinctive, optically vibrant paintings, called “Op Art.” She explores optical phenomena and juxtaposes color either by using a chromatic technique of identifiable hues or by selecting achromatic colors (black, white or gray). In doing so, her work appears to flicker, pulsate and move, encouraging the viewer’s visual tension. Riley’s vibrant optical pattern paintings, which she painted in the 1960s, were hugely popular and become a hallmark of the period.

"The eye can travel over the surface in a way parallel to the way it moves over nature. It should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift. One moment, there will be nothing to look at and the next second the canvas seems to refill, to be crowded with visual events." (Bridget Riley)

Selected Exhibitions


Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK


De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

David Zwirner, New York, NY


David Zwirner Gallery, London, UK


National Gallery, London, UK


Gallery Oldham, Oldham, UK


Tate Modern, London, UK


Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM


Dia:Chelsea, New York, NY


Serpentine Gallery, London, UK


Documentas VI, Kassel, Germany


Documentas IV, Kassel, Germany

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, UK

Arts Council Collection, London, UK

British Council Collection, London, UK

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK

Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA

Museum oif Modern Art, New York, NY

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

Tate, London, UK