British artist, Bridget Riley, is best known for her singular Op Art paintings; with her work being held in the collections at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Tate Gallery in London, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
She began figurative painting in a semi-impressionist manner, then alternated to pointillism in the late 1950s - mainly producing landscapes. However, it was 1960 that she evolved a style in which she pursued the dynamic potentialities of optical experiences. These 'Op-art' pieces create a disorienting physical effect on the eye. Pointillist Georges Seurat, inspired the use of gradients and variations in tone tat are apparent in Riley's work.
“The eye can travel over the surface in a way parallel to the way it moves over nature. It should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift,” she said of her work. “One moment, there will be nothing to look at and the next second the canvas seems to refill, to be crowded with visual events.”