Bridget Riley, the famous op-art British painter, has produced many beautiful and valuable artworks. And now, Feral Horses is selling a screen print of “After Rajasthan”, one of Riley’s most iconic artworks.
Who is Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley (b. London, 1931) is an English painter and is one of the foremost and most influential exponents of Op art. Op Art (Optical Art) is defined as “a form of abstract art that gives the illusion of movement by the precise use of pattern and colour, or in which conflicting patterns emerge and overlap.”
As critic Robert Melville once put it: “No painter, dead or alive, has ever made us more aware of our eyes than Bridget Riley.”
Riley became an icon, not just of Op art, but of contemporary British painting in the 1960s, and she was the first woman to win the painting prize at the Venice Biennale in 1968. Moreover, Riley’s innovations in art inspired a generation of Op artists, including Richard Allen and Richard Anuszkiewicz.
Lastly, in June 2016 a collector bought Bridget Riley’s artwork “Untitled (Diagonal Curve) for £4.3m. It became the 3rd most expensive artwork sold by a living female artist.
Bridget Riley’s major career achievements
- Blue-chip: Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
- Solo show at major institutions: Serpentine Galleries, Dia: Chelsea, Tate Britain & Hayward Gallery
- Highest auction record: £4.3m at Christie’s in 2016
- Group show at major institutions: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New Museum, Serpentine Galleries, Louisiana Museum of Art, Tate Britain, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, National Gallery of Victoria, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Old and New Art, Whitechapel Gallery, Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana.
- Collected by major institutions: Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields.
- Reviewed by major art publications: Artforum, frieze, The Guardian, Art in America.
- Included in several major biennials: Venice Biennale National Pavilion, Venice Biennale International Exhibition, SITE Santa Fe.
The Artwork- “After Rajasthan” by Bridget Riley
After Rajasthan is probably one of the most famous examples of Riley’s “Curve” compositions. Bridget Riley’s work is particularly well-known for exploring the concept of motion and movement. Riley spent her childhood at the sea, and many believe the arabesques are a literal expression of that period. In fact, Riley reflected, “The sensations [the curve paintings] belong to all of us…those sensations of shine and shimmer are amongst our most common visual experiences. By recognizing that what I had brought about in a purely abstract context was something that, in ordinary life, we share, though mostly unconsciously, it, therefore, became valid.”
The screenprint on sale on Feral Horses was produced in 2013. It’s signed and numbered 23/75. The dimensions are 58.5 x 93.3cm.
The value evolution of “After Rajasthan” screenprints
In April 2014, the NY Times reported that “The Soho dealer Karsten Schubert sold several versions of the vibrant 2013 Bridget Riley screenprint “After Rajasthan” for £4,000, or $6,720, each” during the 29th edition of London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Also, Bridget Riley herself has sold several “After Rajasthan” screenprints directly from her studio for £5,000 as part of a charity initiative raising funds for the National Galleries of Scotland.
In September 2019 at Phillips, a collector bought“After Rajasthan” (31/75) £6,000. However, £6,000 is the hammer price, which means that with the buyer’s premium, the VAT and the Artist Resale Rights, the buyer spent around £9,000 to secure the print.
The project: Feral Horses x Bridget Riley
The seller of “After Rajasthan” by Bridget Riley is Frestonian Gallery.
The total value of the screenprint is £7’800 and each share costs £20.
Frestonian Gallery is selling 100% of the artwork on the platform and there are 390 total shares available.
This sale campaign has different rewards, depending on the number of shares bought. Rewards include an Op Art Feral guide and VIP tours to Bridget Riley’s exhibition at Hayward Gallery.