Bridget Riley burst onto the British art scene in the 1960s with her striking and original paintings based on optical illusions. Her work influenced fashion designers and she continues to paint and exhibit today.
Riley was particularly interested in the way that the brain can create the appearance of movement between shapes and lines, and used this effect in her paintings. Critics described this style as Op Art.
In the early 60s Riley only worked in black and white. These paintings strongly influenced fashion designers such as Ossie Clark and Mary Quant. In 1966, Riley started using colour in her paintings. She was still interested in optical illusion. By contrasting strips of complementary colours, her artworks confuse the viewer's brain about how bright the individual colours are.
Riley's paintings have an abstract style. But they are often inspired by nature and real places, such as the Cornish coast where she grew up.
In recent years, Riley has painted directly on the walls of galleries.
Her most celebrated artworks include Fall, Blaze and Shadow Play.