Tracing Bridget Riley’s progress in the agency of stripes, planes and curves through her paintings and studies from over 30 years, this volume situates the artist’s career in relation to artists past.
Published on the occasion of Riley's exhibition at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (24 September–20 November 2011), this catalogue explores the artist's developments in colour and shape.
Riley's early colour paintings were strongly influenced by the discoveries of Georges Seurat and the Impressionists. Study of Paul Cézanne – in particular his practice of drawing with colour and a desire to dig deeper into pictorial space – led to Riley's introduction of planes in grids formed by the junction of intersecting verticals and diagonals.
Accompanying illustrations of 13 works from the exhibition, an interview with the artist by Michael Harrison focuses on Riley's continuous movement through colour and the influence of other artists on her work.