Bridget Riley: Venice and Beyond, Paintings 1967-1972
Bridget Riley is one of Britain’s most important and accomplished abstract painters, with a career spanning six decades. This new exhibition at the Graves Gallery will focus on a breakthrough moment in the development of the artist’s work: the introduction of colour.
Following her first major abstract works in the early 1960s, Riley began to incorporate colour into her painting in 1967 by using a limited palette in works such as Rise 1 (1968), a highlight of Sheffield’s collection. The adoption of colour came to inform Riley’s developments throughout her ensuing career, adding a rich new dimension to her investigation of visual contrast and perception.
The exhibition will chronicle this unique moment of change, showcasing a carefully selected group of paintings and studies from 1967–72, which situate Rise 1 within the context of works made during this period.