The Morley College Mural
The Morley College Mural, 1973
Bridget Riley (1931-)
Acrylics on canvas, 211 x 317.5cm
Located in Main Reception
Bridget Riley CH CBE is an English painter and one of the foremost exponents of Op Art. She was born in London and studied at Goldsmiths’ College and at the Royal College of Art 1952-1955. In 1960 she evolved a style in which she explored the dynamic potentials of optical phenomena. These Op Art pieces produce a disorientating physical effect on the eye. Riley has exhibited internationally, won major awards, created murals for major art institutions including the Tate and the National Gallery and written about artists. In 1968, Riley represented Great Britain in the Venice Biennale, where she was the first British contemporary painter, and the first woman, to be awarded the International Prize for painting. Riley’s work is held by major collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Morley College Mural was commissioned by Barry Till (Morley Principal 1965-86). Riley was given a brief to produce a work to fit a space in the new Queen Elizabeth II entrance to the College and it was installed for the official opening of the new extension by the Queen on the 10 December 1973.