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Bridget Riley CH CBE British, b. 1931

Bridget Riley was born in London in 1931. She studied at Goldsmiths' College between 1949 to 1952, and at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955. She was a born painter and began her career utilizing a semi-impressionist manner, which changing into pointillism around 1958.  During the 1960s she developed her more recognisable style of 'Op-art' pieces, producing disorienting physical effects on the viewers eye.

 

In 1961, after painting Movement in Squares of 1961 (Collection of the Arts Council of Great Britain) She was persuaded that the image would make an ideal print. She has gone on to be one of the most successful and distinc­tive printmakers of her generation.

 

The part played by the printer made screenprint less dependent on the touch of the artist, which increased its appeal for the new generation of artists in the 1960s, such as Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi. In Riley’s case, the participation of a printer brought the process closer to her experience as a painter. To realise her paintings she employs studio assistants to lay the flat areas of paint with a brush according to her models, just as the printer works with stencils and ink according to her painted study. In both cases it is the artist’s precisely calculated intentions that shape the work of art.