Artworks - Bridget Riley
Born in London 1931, Riley spent the war years in Cornwall discovering nature; later, whilst being educated at Cheltenham Ladies College, she chose art as her only subject aside from the obligatory courses.
She studied at Goldsmith’s and the Royal College in the 50’s yet did not find her form and the style for which she is now famous until 1960. Her monochrome ‘Op’ paintings inspired a decade of popular graphic, however she struggled to find a development of her style. Nevertheless by the end of the 60’s she escaped into colour, and won the International Prize for Painting Venice. (The first English contemporary painter and fist woman to achieve this distinction.)
Throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Riley has exhibited world-wide, had numerous retrospective exhibitions, including the Tate 2003, and her work is found in many important international collections.