A pioneer of the Op Art movement of the 1960s and one of the most significant artists working today, Bridget Riley’s dedication to the interaction of form and color has led to a continued exploration of perception. From the early 1960s, she has used elementary shapes such as lines, circles, curves, and squares to create visual experiences that actively engage the viewer, at times triggering optical sensations of vibration and movement.
Riley has had solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide including the National Gallery in London, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Haus Esters and Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in Krefeld, Germany, and Dia Center for the Arts in New York. In 1974, Riley was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and in 1999, appointed the Companion of Honour. In 1968, she won the International Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale and in 2003, the artist was awarded the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo.