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 Riley, Bridget (1931 - )

Orient IV, 1970

Acrylic on canvas;
223.5 x 323 cm
Op Art

UID 102-486


British painter and commercial designer. She studied at Goldsmith College (1949-52) and the Royal College of Art (1952-55), both in London. Between 1958 and 1959, she worked for an advertising agency at the same time as developing the Pointillism technique in her paintings. After these experiences, her interest returned to coloured painting and the optical effects it brought, causing the illusion of movement on the surface of the canvas. Around 1960, she explored the Pointillism of Seurat and between 1961 and 1965 restricted her palette to black and white with which, after 1964, she produced her most serene works. Later, she returned colour to her works and, in the mid 70s, through the use of white, managed to filter one colour into another, so as either to produce a third or to diminish the effect of the other two. In 1968, she received the first prize for painting at the Venice Biennale and, between 1968 and 1977, she took part in documenta 4 and 6 in Kassel. After a visit to Egypt in 1980-81, her works captured the spirit of the place, ancient and modern, and reflected the colours of the Egyptian landscape. Just like the painter Vasarely, one of her great sources of inspiration, Riley has contracted assistants to complete her paintings although she keeps a watchful eye on what is being produced.


Bridget Riley (Tate, London)
Tate - Britain, United Kingdom
26-06-2003 ~ 28-09-2003

Bridget Riley International Tour (London)
British Council (London), United Kingdom
01-01-1978 ~ 31-12-1978

Bridget Riley: Reconnaissance
DIA Center for the Arts, USA
21-09-2000 ~ 17-06-2001

Bridget Riley 1961-1973 (Manchester)
Whitworth Art Gallery, United Kingdom
01-04-1973 ~ 30-05-1973

Bridget Riley (London)
Hayward Gallery, United Kingdom
01-07-1971 ~ 30-09-1971

Royal Dublin Society Municipal Gallery, Rep. Ireland
01-10-1971 ~ 31-12-1971

Here and Now: On Minimal Art in The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
18-10-2003 ~ 22-02-2004

Building/Unbuilding/Inhabit - works of The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
29-04-2005 ~ 15-01-2006

Bridget Riley (Pittsburgh)
Carnegie Institute, USA
01-01-1971 ~ 31-12-1971

Bridget Riley International Tour (Buffalo)
Albright Knox Art Gallery, USA
01-09-1978 ~ 31-10-1978

Bridget Riley International Tour (Dallas)
Museum of Fine Arts (Dallas), USA
01-10-1978 ~ 30-11-1978

Bridget Riley International Tour (Sidney)
Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sidney), Australia
01-07-1979 ~ 31-08-1979

Bridget Riley International Tour (Perth)
Art Gallery of Western Australia (Perth), Australia
01-09-1979 ~ 31-10-1979

Bridget Riley International Tour (Tokyo)
National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), Japan
01-01-1980 ~ 31-03-1980

Bridget Riley International Tour (Edinburgh)
Fruitmarket Gallery, United Kingdom
01-03-1980 ~ 31-05-1980

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

Arte Cinética / Arte Op na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
29-09-2001 ~ 31-10-2001

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

British Exhibition Art 75 (Basel)
Schweizer Mustermesse, Switzerland
01-06-1975 ~ 30-06-1975

Bridget Riley 1961-1973 (Bristol)
City Art Gallery and Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), United Kingdom
01-12-1973 ~ 31-01-1974

Bridget Riley 1961-1973 (Letchworth)
Museum and Art Gallery (Letchworth), USA
01-09-1973 ~ 31-10-1973

Bridget Riley 1961-1973 (Birmingham)
City Museum and Art Gallery (Birmingham), United Kingdom
01-08-1973 ~ 30-09-1973

Bridget Riley 1961-1973 (Sheffield)
Mappin Art Gallery, United Kingdom
01-05-1973 ~ 30-06-1973

Bridget Riley 1961-1973 (Durham)
D.L.I. Museum and Art Centre,
01-06-1973 ~ 31-07-1973

Bridget Riley 1961-1973 (Edinburgh)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, United Kingdom
01-07-1973 ~ 30-08-1973

La Peinture Anglaise d´Aujourd'hui
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
01-02-1973 ~ 28-02-1973

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Arriscar o Real
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
08-06-2009 ~ 30-09-2009


Apollo Magazine, 1971

Here and Now: On Minimal Art in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972990300X

Bridget Riley, 2003
Published by Tate Gallery

Bridget Riley, 1971
Published by Hayward Gallery

Bridget Riley, 1973
Published by Whitworth Art Gallery

Bridget Riley – Reconnaissance, 2000
Published by Dia Center for the Arts

Bridget Riley International Tour, 1978-1980
Published by British Council

British Exhibition Art 75, 1975
Published by Schweizer Mustermesse

Christie's, Post-War British Art, 1993
Published by Christie's

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

La Peinture Anglaise d'Aujourd'hui, 1973
Published by British Council

ROSC 71, 1971
Published by Royal Dublin Society Municipal Gallery

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105

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