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Bridget Riley

Abstract Artist

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Born in 1931 Riley attended Goldsmiths College (1949-52) and the Royal College of Art (1952-55). In 1960 she developed 'Op Art' and so started an on going series of paintings and prints that continues to this day.

Bridget Riley exhibited in 'Young Contemporaries' in 1955 and followed with exhibitions at John Moores, Whitechapel, Moma, Venice Biennale amongst many others.

More than half a century after her first groundbreaking works of Op Art in the early 1960s, Bridget Riley is still working on the edges of perception, exploring the interactions of form and colour in her paintings.

For her 2017 exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler in Paris, titled Measure for Measure, she installed eight canvases and two wall works, one of them more than four meters wide.

In these works, all part of her series of Disc Paintings (2016–-2017), coloured discs are arranged in a diagonal grid, their palette – a greyed off-green, off-violet, and off-orange – inspired by pointillist artist George Seurat.

The colours oscillate depending on the neighbouring hues and their position within the grid, lending each work a different mood.

The series is both “a result of Riley looking one more time at Seurat” and an “exploration of the visual effects obtained by the repetition on a limited surface of discs which vary only in colour”, as Éric de Chassey points out in his richly illustrated essay. He outlines Riley’s developing interrogations involving first black and white, then coloured discs during various work phases.

'Measure For Measure' is also the tile of one of William Shakespeare's early plays. The play's main themes include justice, "morality and mercy in Vienna", and the dichotomy between corruption and purity: "some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall". The play is not a tragedy so mercy and virtue prevail.

Riley's works are in major private, corporate as well as public collections worldwide.

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