Does this look funny to you? Does it make you feel a bit sea sick?
Well if it does, its probably Op Art.
Have you seen an Optical Illusion before? These are very similar. It’s all to do with geometry, shapes, colours and patterns and was started in the 1960s.
What shapes can you see in the painting below?
These artworks mess with your eyes and alter your perception of the artworks.
Some of the coolest Op artists are Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto, and Victor Vasarely. Look at the way they use colours and shape to change the way you see the 2D image? How do you feel when you look at these artworks?
There are also some abstract artists that sometimes slip into Op art, like Frank Stella below. His colours are bright and jazzy! I wonder what this would look like in black and white?
Some of these artists involved movement into their artwork, which is sometimes called kinetic artwork. Julio Le Parc used mobiles in his work. You can see one of his images below. How do you think this would move in a gallery?
Pssst did you know we have an awesome exhibition in the summer at Tate St Ives called: Images Moving Out Onto Space which has some of the best Op artists in! Great stuff!