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Bridget Riley, b.1931

from Nineteen Greys, B1968

During the early 1960s, Bridget Riley worked mainly in black and white using repeating patterns of squares, rectangles, ovals, circles and wave-like shapes positioned according to precise mathematical formulae to create a sensation of movement in her painting. From the late 1960s she began to work with colour, juxtaposing zones and bands to suggest movement and shimmers of light. Her work became synonymous with the swinging sixties, a period of extraordinary cultural activity and radical social and political change in Britain.

Dimensions Unframed, 75.9 x 75.9 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
EditionEdition 22/30
Item NumberIMMA.367 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Bridget Riley, from Nineteen Greys, B, 1968, Screenprint, Unframed, 75.9 x 75.9 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Bridget Riley b.1931

British artist Bridget Riley studied at Goldsmiths College and the Royal College of Art, London. In 1960, she began to explore the dynamic potential of optical phenomena and produced her first black and white Op Art paintings. Riley first received International notice in 1965, when she exhibited in the MoMA, New York show, ‘The Responsive Eye’. In 1968, Riley represented Great Britain in the Venice Biennale, where she was the first British contemporary painter, and the first woman, to be awarded the International Prize for painting. Tate Britain organised a major Riley retrospective in 2003. Her work is represented in public collections worldwide.
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