Bridget Riley


1931   Born in London, England.
1939-45   Childhood in Cornwall.
1946-48   Educated at Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham, England.
1949-52   Goldsmiths College, London, England.
1952-55   Royal College of Art, London, England.
1965   Plays a leading role in the ground breaking exhibition ‘The Responsive Eye’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA.
1968   Wins the International Prize for Painting at the XXXIV Venice Biennale. She is the first British contemporary painter and the first woman ever to achieve this distinction.
1971-73   Undertakes numerous journeys throughout Europe to study the works of Old Masters at first hand, including Titian, Tiepolo, Grünewald, Altdorfer and Rubens.
1974-77   Divides her time between London and Cornwall. Visits Japan and India.
1979-80   Period of extensive travel, including a visit to Egypt to look at the ancient burial sites in the Nile Valley.
1981   Appointed a Trustee of the National Gallery in London and serves to 1988. She lectures both on her work and that of artists from the past.
1993   Honorary Doctor of the University of Oxford, England.
1994   Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge, England.
1999   In the New Year’s Honours, appointed a Companion of Honour.
2000-01   Co-curates Paul Klee exhibition with Robert Kudielka for the Hayward Gallery, London.
    Bridget Riley continues to live and work in London, Cornwall and France.

Selected solo exhibitions

1962   Gallery One, London, England.
1965   Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, USA.
Feigen-Palmer Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
1966-67   'Drawings’, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and toured to venues in the USA.
1968   Richard Feigen Gallery, New York, USA.
XXXIV Venice Biennale (with Philip King), British Pavilion, Italy; toured to Städische Kunstgalerie,
Bochum, Germany; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1970-71   ‘Paintings and Drawings 1951-71’, Arts Council of Great Britain retrospective exhibition; touring to Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Städische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany; Museo Civico, Turin, Italy; Hayward Gallery, London, England; National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic.
1973   ‘Paintings and Drawings 1961-73’, Arts Council of Great Britain exhibition; toured to venues in the UK.
1975   Galerie Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland.
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA.
1977   Minami Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
1978-80   ‘Works 1959-78’, British Council retrospective exhibition; touring to Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA; Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Dallas, Texas, USA; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, USA; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan.
1990   Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA.
Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
1992-93   ‘Paintings 1982-1992’, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany; Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany; Hayward Gallery, London, England; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England.
'Works on Paper, 1982-92’, Karsten Schubert, London, England.
1994   'Six Paintings 1963-93 from the Collection’, Tate Gallery, London, England.
1996   ‘Recent Paintings and Gouaches’, Waddington Galleries and Karsten Schubert, London, England.
‘Paintings and Gouaches 1980-1995’, Leeds City Art Gallery, England.
1998-99   ‘Works 1961-1998’, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, England.
1999   ‘Paintings from the 1960s and 1970s’, Serpentine Gallery, London, England.
‘Selected Paintings 1961-1999’, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
‘Works 1964-1992’, Robert Sandelson, London, England.
2000   ‘New Paintings and Gouaches’, Waddington Galleries, London, England.
‘Paintings 1982-2000 and Early Works on Paper’, Pace Wildenstein, New York, USA.
'Works 1960s, 70s & 80s’, Robert Sandelson, London, England.
‘Paintings 1961-1985’, Dia Center for the Arts, New York, USA.
2002   ‘New Works’, Museum Haus Esters and Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany.
Robert Sandelson, London, England.
2003   Galerie Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland.
Tate Britain, London, England.
2004-5   'Paintings and Preparatory Work 1961-2004’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia and City Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand.
2005   ‘Paintings and Preparatory Work 1959-2005’, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland.
‘Paintings and Studies 1963-2005’, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA.
‘Print Retrospective 1981-2005’, Galerie Schlegl, Zurich, Switzerland.
2006   ‘Prints 1962-2005’, University of Exeter, England.
‘Paintings and Works on Paper 1960s to 1980s’, Narborough Hall, Norfolk, England.