The art of Bridget Riley has been so assimilated by contemporary culture that it’s easy to underestimate the groundbreaking abstract work she has been creating since the early 60s. Riley was at the centre of what became known as the op art movement, creating pieces which give the impression of movement and depth through meticulously planned use of perspective and negative space. The artwork running through this 30th issue of Now Then covers Riley’s whole career, but the spark that led us to featuring her is the exhibition currently running at Graves Gallery in Sheffield until 25 June, Venice and Beyond, Paintings 1967-1972.

While much of the art in this magazine uses colour, Riley only started introducing colour into her work in the late 60s, and this transition is the focus of the exhibition. Special thanks to Karsten Schubert for providing permission for us to use these images.

Sam Walby