Why Bridget Riley
I am mesmerized by Bridget Riley’s artwork. Although, I came of age during the time of OpArt, I was clueless about who the leaders of the genre were. Then, much, much later in life I was wandering in a museum and stumbled upon one of Riley’s paintings. WOW! No idea which of her pieces it was or even the museum. I just knew I needed to learn more about her and work out how she achieves what she achieves.
Just as I study Bridget Riley, to see how she does what she does, she began moving from her classical art training to her own OpArt work by studying Seurat. Seurat, like the impressionists and the artists who preceded them found ways to capture light and shadow. Whether the art image is representational or abstract, capturing light or the essence of light is the goal. I think of it as achieving shimmer.
I am linking up with Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Fridays.