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1 Op Art - The Art of Optical Illusion
Bridget Riley Op Art - The Art of Optical Illusion Created By Mrs. O’Loughlin

2 What is “Op” Art? “Op” is short for optical. Optical means having to do with the eye. You may have heard of an optometrist. An optometrist is an eye doctor.

3 Op Art began in the 1960’s Optical Art is a mathematically-themed form of Abstract art. Abstract meaning it doesn’t have to look like something.   The point of optical art is to confuse the eye.

4 Bridget Riley Bridget Riley was born in 1931 in London.
Bridget Riley is a well known creator of Op Art. Her work is characterized by its intensity and its often disorientating effect.

5 Movement in Squares, 1961 Tempera
Bridget Riley In 1960, she began working initially in black and white She evolved a style in which she explored the dynamic effects of optical phenomena or Op art. Movement in Squares, Tempera

6 Bridget Riley Bridget Riley Blaze 1, Emulsion on Hardboard, 43x43 in.

7 Bridget Riley Bridget Riley Descending, Emulsion on Hardboard, 36x36 in.

8 Bridget Riley Bridget Riley Arrest 1, Emulsion on Canvas, 70x681/4 in.

9 Bridget Riley Bridget Riley Cataract 3, PVA on Canvas, 87x873/4 in.

10 Bridget Riley Bridget Riley Orient 4, Acrylic on Canvas, 88x127 in.

11 Bridget Riley Around the 1980’s her extensive exploration of color and contrast began. Dominance Portfolio, Blue, 1977

12 Bridget Riley Orphean Elegy I (1978)

13 Bridget Riley Ease (1987)

14 Bridget Riley Echo (2000) Silkscreen

15 Bridget Riley Carnival (2000) Silkscreen

16 Bridget Riley Bridget Riley is one of Britain's best-known artists.
Since the mid-1960s she has been celebrated for her optically vibrant paintings which engage the viewer's sensations and perceptions, producing visual experiences that are complex and challenging.

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