After a period of quasi-impressionism in her formative years, by 1960 and approaching her late-twenties, Riley settled into a dynamic style of hard-edged abstraction with, often, wild optical properties. She came to international attention in 1965 when her work was included in MoMA’s famous exhibition The Responsive Eye, presenting her pictures with other artists of the Op Art movement, and illustrating her painting Current on the cover. She worked almost exclusively in a black, white and grey palette until 1967, when colour was allowed into her work and the first of the famous stripe paintings was produced. In the following year she represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale.
Bridget Riley is generally considered to be the most important woman artist living in Britain.
Several rare catalogues and books about Bridget Riley are available for sale in our bookshop.