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Bridget Riley

Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (born April 24, 1931 in London) is a British painter, one of the foremost proponents of op art, art exploiting the fallibility of the human eye.

Riley was born in London and educated at Cheltenham Ladies' College and studied art first at Goldsmiths College and later at the Royal College of Art, with fellow students including Peter Blake and Frank Auerbach. She left college early to look after her sick father, and suffered a mental breakdown shortly thereafter. After recovery she took on a number of jobs, including several as an art teacher and for a time worked in the art department of the advertising company John Walter Thompson.

Towards the end of the 1950s, Riley began to produce works in a style recognisably her own. This style came from a number of sources. A study of the pointillism of Georges Seurat, and subsequent landscapes produced in that style, led to an interest in optical effects. The paintings of Victor Vasarely, who had used designs of black and white lines since the 1930s, are an obvious influence. Particularly in later works, the influence of futurists, especially Giacomo Balla, can also be discerned.


Cataract 3, 1967.Around the end of the 1950s, Riley began to paint the black and white works for which she is probably best known today. They present straight or wavy lines (occasionally discs or squares instead), which give the illusion of movement or colour. Works in this style made up her first solo show in London in 1962 at Gallery One run by Victor Musgrave.


Shadowplay, 1990.Although mainly remembered today for the impressions of movement and colour they give through the exploitation of optical illusions, it is said that the impetus for Riley making these apparently cold and calculated works was a failed love affair. One of the more famous works in this style is Fall (1963).

Riley exhibited in the 1965 New York City show, The Responsive Eye, the exhibition which first drew attention to so-called op art. One of her paintings was reproduced on the cover of the show's catalogue, though Riley later became disillusioned with the movement, and expressed regret that her work was exploited for commercial purposes.

By the end of the 1960s, Riley was using a full range of colour. Apparently she started using colour after a trip to Egypt, where she was inspired by the colourful hieroglyphic decoration. Sometimes lines of colour are used to give a shimmering effect, while other works fill the canvas with tessellating patterns. In many works since this period, Riley has employed others to do the painting, while she concentrates on the actual design of her work.


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Bridget Riley Limited Edition Sideways Print

Limited Edition Fine Art Print Hand Signed by Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley Limited Edition Sideways Print

Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (born April 24, 1931 in Norwood,
London) is... More Details »

Signed By: Bridget Riley in pencil

Edition: Limited Edition of 250

Dimensions: 32 x 45cm

Condition: Mint Condition

Medium: Silkscreen

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Bridget Riley Signed Elongated Triangles Screen Print

Hand signed and numbered by Artist Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley Signed Elongated Triangles Screen Print

Artist
Bridget Riley
Title
Elongated Triangles I. Coloured serigraph on strong wove
paper. 96,5 x 27,3 cm (illustration); 101,5 x 42,4
cm (sheet size). Signed and dated. Edition 75 num. Ex.
(19)71.

Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (bo... More Details »

Date: 1971

Signed By: Bridget RIley In Pencil On Front

Edition: 75 World Wide

Dimensions: 96,5 x 27,3 cm (illustration); 101,5 x 42,4 cm (sheet size).

Condition: Excellent In Original Frame

Medium: Screenprint on Arches wove paper

British Pounds£9500
US Dollars$12635
Euros€11723
Japanese Yen¥1630675

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Bridget Riley Signed Silkscreen Print Chicago 8 Limited Edition

Edition Of 150 Prints World Wide
Bridget Riley Signed Silkscreen Print Chicago 8 Limited Edition

Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (born April 24, 1931 in Norwood,
London) is an English painter who is one of the foremost
proponents of Pop art.

Riley made the following statement about the nature of
artistic work, in her lecture 'Painting No... More Details »

Date: 1971

Signed By: Bridget Riley In Pencil On Front

Edition: 150 Wold Wide

Dimensions: 61 x 46 cm

Atelier: Kelpra Studio, London

Condition: Mint Condition - Framed

Medium: Screenprint

British Pounds£11200
US Dollars$14896
Euros€13821
Japanese Yen¥1922480

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Bridget Riley Wall Painting 1 Screenprint

Hand signed and numbered by Artist Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley Wall Painting 1 Screenprint

Bridget Riley
Wall Painting 1.

date
2007

medium
screenprint

edition size
150

image size
39 x 73 cm

sheet size
56 x 91.5 cm

description
Screenprint in four colours on wove paper. Signed and dated
in pencil lower right by ... More Details »

Date: 2007

Signed By: Bridget RIley In Pencil On Front

Edition: 150 World Wide

Dimensions: image size 39 x 73 cm sheet size 56 x 91.5 cm

Atelier: Printed by Artizan Editions in the UK

Condition: Excellent And Framed

Medium: Screenprint on Arches wove paper

British Pounds£4400
US Dollars$5852
Euros€5430
Japanese Yen¥755260

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Elapse Silkscreen Edition By Bridget Riley

Hand Signed By Artist With Authentication Stamp On Verso
Elapse Silkscreen Edition By Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley (British, b. 1931)
Elapse,
Color silk screen,
Signed and dated 1982 in pencil, edition of 260, Published by
the Print Club of Cleveland, publication number 60, Cleveland
Print Club stamp on verso.
h:48 w:31.75 in.

Date: 1982

Signed By: Bridget Riley In Pencil. Print Club stamp on verso.

Edition: 60 Edition World Wide

Dimensions: h:48 w:31.75 in.

Condition: Excellent

Medium: Color silk screen

British Pounds£13500
US Dollars$17955
Euros€16659
Japanese Yen¥2317275

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SOLD - red Dominance - Bridget Riley [Signed and Numbered]

SOLD
SOLD - red Dominance - Bridget Riley [Signed and Numbered]

Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE (born April 24, 1931 in Norwood,
London) is an English painter who is one of the foremost
proponents of op art.

Bridget was born in London and spent her childhood in
Cornwall and Lincolnshire. She was educated ... More Details »

Date: 1977

Signed By: Bridget RIley In Pencil On Front

Edition: 100 WOrld Wide

Dimensions: 978 x 492mm

Atelier: Printed by Pace Editions, New York

Condition: Excellent

Medium: Screenprint on Arches wove paper (978 x 492mm)

British Pounds£0
US Dollars$0
Euros€0
Japanese Yen¥0

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