We believe that it’s important to take inspiration from the culture around us.
With that in mind, we regularly visit museums and exhibitions.
This week we visited Bridget Riley at The Haywood Gallery.
The retrospective exhibition is a must see and provides a unique opportunity to experience artworks by unarguably one of the most influential and important female artists of our time.
The exhibition spans her 70-year career during which she has persistently challenged and explored perception and the way in which we see the world.
‘I work with nature, although in completely new terms.’
Having spent her childhood in Cornwall, Bridget Riley took much inspiration from the changing sea and skies. Her geometric paintings often draw on the sensations of the natural world communicating, for example, the sensation of the movement of leaves or sunlight on water - albeit in an abstract way. And yes, some of her paintings literally move and reflect colour as you look at them. (Even the black and white ones.)
Probably most famous for her black and white paintings, Riley introduced colour into her work in 1967. Since then the way colours behave and interact with each other has been consistently explored in her work.
‘Colour is simultaneously one thing and several things – you can never see colour by itself, it is always affected by other colours.’
‘An exercise in looking.’
One of the most interesting parts of the exhibition are some rarely seen, early figurative drawings and paintings. Drawing is still hugely important to Riley: she calls it ‘an exercise in looking.’
As you can probably tell, we would highly recommend a visit.
And, if you’re reading this on your phone, remember to look up from time to time. Despite all its troubles, the world is still a beautiful place.
Have a great week and thanks for reading.
Bridget Riley is at Hayward Gallery from Wednesday 23 October to Sunday 26 January. @southbankcentre.co.uk
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