Peter Sedgley was born in London 1930, and studied architecture and building work. Together with Bridget Riley, who was his partner between 1963 and 1973, Sedgley is considered one of the chief representatives of Op Art.
Self-taught as an artist, Sedgley’s career began in 1963. He developed an early interest in colour theory and soon found recognition for his series of large-scale paintings, in which he sought to “establish a tonal range following the chromatic order, so that a pure colour can be equated tonally with a mutated colour”.
As he drove further with his investigations into colour theory, Sedgley began a series of Target paintings comprised of concentric circles, painted in colours using a soft-edged spray. He chose circles for neutrality, which encouraged the viewer to see colour, rather than shape and soon realised within his paintings that light could create colour changes and a sense of apparent movement.
During his career, Sedgley’s works have been exhibited in spaces such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Royal Academy Stockholm, The Royal Academy of Arts London, and the Tate Gallery. Works in public collections include Arts Council, London, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, Power Bequest Museum, Sydney, Schwedische Nationalsammlung, Stockholm, Tate Gallery, UK, Städtiches Museum, Gelsenkirchen, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
This screen-print from the Chelsea Arts Club centenary portfolio (1991) is printed on wove paper and has been signed and numbered by the artist.