See How British Artist Bridget Riley’s Paintings ‘Caress and Soothe’ the Eye in Her New Show at David Zwirner London


It’s hard to think of an artist whose work is more visually pleasing than that of British artist Bridget Riley. The Op Art painter is known for her eye-catching canvases featuring geometric patterns, lines, and color arrangements that collectively pay homage to her favorite artist, the Pointillist Georges Seurat.

“The eye can travel over the surface in a way parallel to the way it moves over nature. It should feel caressed and soothed, experience frictions and ruptures, glide and drift,” she once said of her work. “One moment, there will be nothing to look at and the next second the canvas seems to refill, to be crowded with visual events.”

Bianca Jagger in “Bridget Riley: Past Into Present” at David Zwirner. Photo by courtesy David Zwirner.

Bianca Jagger at “Bridget Riley: Past Into Present” at David Zwirner. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

In one of summer’s boldest exhibitions, David Zwirner has presented “Past Into Present,” an exhibition of paintings by Riley that features works from the past two years. Together, they reference “the work of the past, both in her own practice and in the art of painting itself,” according to the gallery.

The exhibition features, among other works, an an extension of Riley’s “Measure for Measure” series, which includes the addition of a fourth color (turquoise), as well as a series of new “Measure for Measure Dark” paintings, which emphasizes deeper tones. The artworks are intended to “enrich the viewer’s enjoyment,” notes the gallery, “giving them something more to look at.”

The exhibition is on view now at David Zwirner’s Grafton Street gallery in London, and online here.

Bridget Riley, "Intervals 12" (2021). Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

Bridget Riley, Intervals 12 (2021). Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

A close up of Bridget Riley, "Intervals 12" (2021). Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

A close up of Bridget Riley, Intervals 12 (2021). Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

Installation view of Bridget Riley's "Measure for Measure Dark 2 and 3" (2019). Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

Installation view of Bridget Riley’s Measure for Measure Dark 2 and 3 (2019). Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

An installation view of Riley's exhibition "Past into Present" at David Zwirner in London. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

An installation view of Riley’s exhibition “Past into Present” at David Zwirner in London. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

An installation view of Riley's exhibition "Past into Present" at David Zwirner in London. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

An installation view of Riley’s exhibition “Past into Present” at David Zwirner in London. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

An installation view of Riley's exhibition "Past into Present" at David Zwirner in London. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

An installation view of Riley’s exhibition “Past into Present” at David Zwirner in London. Photo courtesy David Zwirner.

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