Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley, born in 1931 in London, is one of the most important living British artists. From her earliest period, her work has been heralded in Britain and internationally for her devotion to a specifically geometric abstraction, often described as “optical.”

Conceived by the artist, this exhibition includes works dating from her earliest paintings to more recent objects and explores her formal interest in stripes, curves, light, and tonality. Riley also sees this exhibition as a kind of visual dialogue with the Center’s building, designed by Louis I. Kahn. Her geometric references resonate with Kahn’s grid and structural features.

Riley studied at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955, painting figure subjects in a semi-impressionist manner before turning to pointillism and landscapes. In 1960 she evolved her style toward Op-art.


Bridget Riley is curated by the artist, working with Maryam Ohadi-Hamadani, Postdoctoral Research Associate, with the assistance of Rachel Stratton, Postdoctoral Research Associate, and Charlotte Lefland, Senior Curatorial Assistant in Prints and Drawings at the Center.

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Print made by Bridget Riley, Blue and Pink (detail), 2001, screen print on paper, Yale Center for British Art, Gift of John Elderfield and Jeanne Collins, © Bridget Riley 2020. All rights reserved