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Known for her large scale ‘Op-Art’ works, Bridget Riley plays with optical and chromatic phenomena, and is a key figure in modern and abstract art. Imploring the viewer to consider how it physically feels to look, Riley constructs geometric patterns which cause perceptual disruption. There is a timelessness inherent to Riley’s wholly original works, both in their conception and execution.
Image © Christie's / Gala © Bridget Riley 1974
Initially executed in 1974, Bridget Riley’s Gala dabbles with bold colours, perfectly simulating the motion of the rippling surface of a stream. This painting represents the height of the Op Art movement and Riley’s experimentation and transition to the more visually daring.
Gala surpassed its presale estimates of £2.5-£3.5million, selling at an eye-watering £4.4million at the Modern British Art Evening Sale in Christie’s in London.
Image © Christie's / Untitled (Diagonal Curve) © Bridget Riley 1971
A stand-out example of British artist Bridget Riley’s visually arresting illusionist œuvre, Untitled (Diagonal Curve) (1966) smashed its price estimate (between £2.5 million and £3.5 million), realising £4,338,500 at Christie’s London in June of 2016. Performing markedly stronger than some of its straight-lined counterparts, such as Zing 2 (1971), which realised just under £3.3 million in June 2021, this dynamic, monochrome work reminds us of Riley’s position at the centre point of the Op Art movement.
Comprising a vertigo-inducing assemblage of seemingly oscillatory form, this optically challenging piece is one of the artist’s last experimentations with black and white; the next year, Riley would go on to make her first bold steps in the world of colour.
Image © Christie's / Zing 2 © Bridget Riley 1971
A work typical of British artist Bridget Riley’s œuvre during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Zing 2 (1971) has remained hidden from the public eye since the time of its production. Significantly outstripping its auction price estimate of £1.8 million - £2.2 million, the work realised just under £3.3 million in June 2021 at Christie’s auction house in London.
In contrast with the markedly more serpentine elements of Riley’s work, such as those vibrant paintings the artist created during the 1980s and beyond, Riley’s use of colour appears somewhat muted. Ever present, however, is the artist’s highly technical, semi-illusionist approach to geometric form – a hallmark of the so-called Op Art movement.
Image © Christie's / Chant 2 © Bridget Riley 1967