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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

More About Bridget Riley

When Bridget Riley's father began to recover from the injuries of his accident and it was no longer needed for Bridget to look after him, she went back to Cornwall for a few months and tried to paint.

It was to no avail and after going back to London in 1956, she spent several months as an in-patient at the Middlesex Hospital, moved on to a hostel, and took a job at an antique shop in Marylebone Lane.

An exhibition of American Abstract Expressionist painters at the Tate Gallery in London which she visited helped her getting back on track. She took a teaching job at the Convent of the Sacred Heart at Harrow, and taught art to 8-18 year old girls during 1957-1958.

She started painting again and in 1958 switched jobs and became a commercial illustrator at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, where she worked part-time until 1964.

From 1958 to 1964, she had several jobs such as art teacher at the Loughborough School of Art, then at the Hornsey School of Art, and from 1962 to 1964 at the Croydon School of Art.

She began to travel, painted, and eventually developed her own signature Op Art style in the early sixties. During the late 1960s Riley lived and worked with her contemporary Peter Sedgley. How long that lasted and if that is still the case, is unknown.

Her unique style of painting made her famous all over the world. At present, Bridget Riley is a trustee of the National Gallery in London and is living and working in London, Cornwall, and France.

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