Bridget Riley was an extraordinary colourist, a skill that can be attributed to her dedicated study of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists. French painter Georges Seurat is one of her most fervent influences. Seurat was the undisputed master of Pointillism – a method of building form through the use of coloured dots – a style while Riley frequently emulated in student days. Riley then extrapolated this intricate study of colour into her abstracted work, using changes in colour to enhance and deepen the illusion.
Bridget Riley: Five things you need to know (London Evening Standard)