Bridget Riley

British, b.1931

Elongated Triangles 4

  • 1971
  • Screenprint
  • Purchased 1973
  • 1025 x 420mm
  • 73/163

This screenprint by English artist Bridget Riley presents a compressed, iridescent concertina of aqua green bands, wedged between tapering lines of orange and candy pink. Bridget’s major international debut was in The Responsive Eye, an exhibition held in 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she showed two large, powerfully optical works in black-and-white and grey. She began creating related sharp-edged optical works in pure colour two years later.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • Op + Pop 6 February – 19 June 2016

    British artist Bridget Riley is a leading name in the op art movement. Her work came to international attention in 1965 when included in an exhibition called The Responsive Eye at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, alongside artists including Victor Vasarely and Josef Albers.

    Riley’s earliest op art paintings in black and white had a major impact on 1960s fashion, advertising and design. She increasingly used colour in her work from 1967 onwards, when she also began using simplified forms, often vertical straight or wavy lines, and colour variation and contrast that produced a sense of movement.

    (Op + Pop, 6 February – 19 June 2016)

  • Ape To Zip: Adventures in Alphabet Art, 13 May 2005 – 8 October 2006

    In the exhibition Ape to Zip this work was used for the letter V and was displayed with the following label:

    VERTICAL Vs Vertical means standing straight up, like a lamppost or a tree trunk. Bridget Riley is famous for making paintings full of stripes and bright colours that are quite hard to look at! How many vertical Vs can you see?