2012 BRIDGET RILEY — Bridget Riley (GB, 1931) is the first female artist in the history of the Sikkens Prize to receive the award. This grand old lady of British art will receive this prestigious colour prize for the way in which she has enriched her work with colour. The purity, subtlety and precision of her use of colour have led to a sensational oeuvre from which a new generation of artists is drawing inspiration. At the same time she has demonstrated her ability to appeal to a broad public with her abstract work. Bridget Riley is one of the most prominent artists of today. She studied at Goldsmith College London (1949-1952) and the Royal College of Art (1952-1955). She already made a name for herself in the 1960s with her black and white paintings that investigated the dynamic effects of optical phenomena. Riley began to experiment with colour in 1967, and since then she has been investigating perception through colour and form. Her work has been shown in international solo and group exhibitions since the early 1960s, from The Responsive Eye in the MoMA in 1965 to the solo exhibition New Paintings and Related Work in the National Gallery in 2011. Bridget Riley has received numerous distinctions and prizes, including the international prize for painting at the 1968 Venice Biennale, the Kaiserring of the city of Goslar in 2009, and recently the 12th Rubens Prize from the city of Siegen. Back
The Sikkens Prize was awarded during a festive programme at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, on Sunday 28 October 2012. John Elderfield delivered a laudation in honour of Bridget Riley. At the museum an exhibition with work by Bridget Riley was opened, including a mural made on the occasion of the Sikkens Prize. As part of the ceremonies, neuroscientist Dick Swaab delivered the Mondrian Lecture.