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Stripes Bridget Riley

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Beginning in 1971, Bridget Riley’s Stripes collection of works is the Op Artist’s most iconic. Representing Riley’s philosophy – that complexity lurks beneath the surface of simplicity, if only we take the time to notice – Stripes implores the viewer to look carefully and closely. Riley introduced colour into her previously black and white works in 1967 with her Stripes works, expanding the perceptual and optical possibilities of her compositions. Following this, Riley expanded her colour palette as she travelled: conceiving the well-known Egyptian palette (Anchaen, 1981), inspired by her travels there. Having used an array of geometric forms to pursue vibrating movement throughout her artistic career, Riley’s stripes – horizontal, vertical or diagonal, have endured.

Riley rose to international fame following the 1965 exhibition The Representative Eye at the Museum of Modern art in New York. At the time, Riley’s works were exclusively monochromatic. In 1968, Riley represented the UK at the 34th Venice Biennale, where she was also the first living British painter to win the prestigious International Prize for Painting.

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