Bridget Riley will talk about Matisse’s cut-outs from the perspective of a maker rather than an art historian. Riley is interested in how Matisse solves pictorial problems that she too has encountered in her practice, and will discuss the use of collage technique. David Sylvester’s observation that Riley’s later curve paintings are both similar and different to Matisse will serve as springboard to discuss sources the artists have in common, for instance impressionism and neo-impressionism.
Born in London in 1931, Bridget Riley attended Goldsmiths College from 1949 to 1952 and the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955. In 1974, she was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and in 1999, appointed the Companion of Honour. In 1968, she won the International Prize for Painting at the Venice Biennale. In 2005, the artist was awarded the Praemium Imperiale in Tokyo. She received the Kaiser Ring of the City of Goslar, Germany in 2003 and the Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen, Germany in 2012.