Michael Kidner

Michael Kidner

Michael Kidner (1917–2009),   Red Green and Blue , 1963, oil on canvas, 43 x 60 in. (109.2 x 152.4 cm)

Michael Kidner (1917–2009), Red Green and Blue, 1963, oil on canvas, 43 x 60 in. (109.2 x 152.4 cm)

Artist Biography

Michael Kidner (1917–2009)

Known as one of the early pioneers of Optical Art in the UK, Michael Kidner’s art emphasizes his interest in mathematics, chaos, and wave theories. His works are characterized by stripes, concentric circles, waves and moiré patterns, which cause various dazzling optical effects of movement and colored afterimages. Kidner spent much of his career developing work of a constructive nature, creating art that is at once rational and playful. 

Kidner’s work was exhibited in the ground-breaking exhibition “The Responsive Eye” at MoMA in New York, and its subsequent tour of the US in 1965 set in motion a worldwide interest in the Op Art movement. His work is included in many public collections, such as the Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki; Arts Council of Great Britain, UK; British Council, UK; Contemporary Art Society, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Buenos Aires; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Poznan Museum, Poland; Tate Gallery, London; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.