Peter Sedgley b. 1930


Together with Bridget Riley, who was his partner between 1963 and 1973, Sedgley is considered to be one of the chief representatives of Op Art.  He was particularly interested in investigating the dual visual effect of colour and form so that he could arrive at a result that contains motion.  He was especially interested in colour, which he believes plays a key role in the way a field of vision is structured.  Sedgley’s career as an artist began in1963. He only picked up a paint brush for the first time in 1959, before which his foundational training had been in architecture which he  studied  at Brixton Technical School, London 1944-46, and worked in various architectural offices from 1947 to 1959, including; R Ward & Partners, Gollins Melvin, Clifford Culpin and Architects Co-Partners. It was between 1957 and 1958 he founded the Building Technician’s Cooperative for which he produced some startling designs for both buildings and furniture.  Taking a break from his architectural career, he became an Aircraftsman in the 2nd Class Royal Air Force in Wiltshire, Somerset and Oxfordshire in 1960. Soon after which his marriage of nine years to Marguerite Wiltshire, with whom he had two children, dissolved and he met Bridget Riley. 

In 1964 he participated in an exhibition held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, entitled Responsive Eye. His first two solo exhibitions were held simultaneously in London and New York, at the Roberts and Tunnard Gallery and the Howard Wise Gallery respectively. Sedgley has continued to exhibit internationally up to the present day. 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.