Bridget Riley (British, b. 1931) is an English artist closely associated with the Op art movement. Following graduation from Goldsmith’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Riley sought work in advertising, working part-time for a firm as an illustrator. Not until Riley saw Jackson Pollock’s seminal show at Whitechapel Gallery in 1958 did she experiment with her figurative style to include a pointillist effect. Interested in the dynamic nature of vision, her geometric works are notable for simulating a sense of movement and texture via the interaction of her chosen colors and patterns. In 1968, she won the International Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale and 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. Her mural work is seen in prominent display among notable institutions including the Tate Modern in London and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. She lives and works between London, Cornwall and France.
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