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Bridget Riley Signed Prints & Originals

Biography for Bridget Riley

Born 1931

A student of Goldsmiths and the Royal College of art Bridget Riley’s stunning ‘Op’ paintings and screen prints have gained her international recognition as one of the most important artists of the post war era.

Bridget Riley’s work is held in all the major public and private collections of modern Art.

Bridget Riley’s distinctive, abstract works make her one of the leading lights of ‘Op’ art. This is exquisitely executed in her Fragment series in 1965. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Fragment 1’ screen print on Plexiglas, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Fragment 2’; screen print on Plexiglas, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Fragment 3’; screen print on Plexiglas, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Fragment 4’; screen print on Plexiglas, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Fragment 5’; screen print on Plexiglas, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Fragment 6’; screen print on Plexiglas, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Fragment 7;’ screen print on Plexiglas, edition of 75. All these very individual optical illusional images continue to inspire artists and designers today.

Fragments were the first instance of Bridget Riley’s engagement with screen printing. Bridge Riley continued with this medium and three years later in 1968 produced ‘The Nineteen Greys’ series, playing with warm and cool greys playing off each other as depicted in Bridget Riley print signed ‘Nineteen Greys A’, colour screen print on card, signed, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Nineteen Greys B’, colour screen print on card, signed, edition of 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Nineteen Greys C’, colour screen print on card, signed, edition 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Nineteen Greys D’, colour screen print on card, signed edition75.

Bridget Riley’s work continued to evolve, with her first major retrospective in 1971. She continued on with screen printing at this time, mainly for the practical reason of needing to raise funds for the show. Producing pieces such as; Bridget Riley print signed Firebird’ colour screen print, signed, edition 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Elongated Triangles 1’ colour screen print, edition75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Elongated Triangles 2′ colour screen print, edition of 75’. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Elongated Triangle 3’. ‘Elongated Triangles 4’ colour screen print, edition 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Elongated Triangles 5’; colour screen print, edition 75. Bridget Riley print signed ‘Elongated Triangles 6’; colour screen print, edition 75. These were sold at the ticket desk for the carefully considered price of £30. They were a sell out. Riley continued to make prints throughout the seventies, mostly closely related to her paintings of the time.

It wasn’t until the end of the 8o’s when she started on her ‘zig’ series that the master piece Bridget Riley print signed ‘To Midsummer’; colour screen print, edition of 75 was produced. These screen prints were very difficult to make, the prints involved the careful registration of as many as sixteen colours.

Bridget Riley had by this time already embarked on the research which would lead to the emergence of a completely new series of paintings, in which the units of colour would become much larger as the paintings evolved to accommodate the introduction of a new element, the curve. The first print, in which these much bigger, simpler forms appear, was Bridget Riley print signed ‘Start’ colour screen print, edition of 200. Also published at the start of the millennium was Bridget Riley, print, signed ‘Brouillard’ colour screen print, edition of 85, the design similar to her elongated triangle series and ‘June’ colour screen print, edition of 75, similar in look and feel to the prints from her zig series.

Bridget Riley’s understanding of the particular requirements and possibilities of the screen printed image has allowed her to create some of the most innovative and technically accomplished screen prints ever made.

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