New One-Person Exhibition: 6 – 27 March 2017, Belgrave St Ives
Private View 4 March 6 – 8pm
A unique opportunity to view a selection of work from West Country artist Brian Rice’s personal collection
Belgrave St Ives is pleased to announce an exhibition selected from Rice’s extensive archive. Paintings and prints will be shown across both gallery spaces, the first time a solo artist will occupy the whole of the gallery.
The exhibition has been arranged to coincide with the launch of the book:
Brian Rice Paintings 1952 – 2016 (with an essay by Andrew Lambirth). First full catalogue of paintings by major British artist, highly fashionable in the sixties and now critically acclaimed for his later work. Published by Sansom & Co., 2016. ISBN: 978-1-908326-96-6
Brian Rice’s career covers a period of remarkable dedication and innovation as an accomplished painter and printmaker. He was born in 1936 in Yeovil, Somerset and studied at Yeovil School of Art from 1952-56 and then Goldsmiths College, London from 1958-59. Rice’s formative years as an artist were in London during the 1960s where he was very much part of the ‘swinging’ art scene that included David Hockney, Peter Blake, Joe Tilson, Allen Jones and Derek Boshier. During this period, the paintings and prints he produced formed part of the zeitgeist and appeared in fashion shoots, set designs and TV commercials. His work, which achieved national and international publicity and acclaim, quickly found its way into worldwide collections.
Number One 1960, Oil and mixed media on board; 91.5 x 121 cms by Brian Rice.
During the mid-1970s a change in Rice’s circumstances led him to leave London to return to his roots in the West Country. He became a farmer in Dorset, while continuing to teach part-time at Brighton College of Art (1972 – 91). Although rarely exhibiting during this period, he continued to work slowly developing a visual language that was part of a dialogue with the past, inspired by marks made by prehistoric man and the archaeology of the Dorset landscape. In 1995 he started exhibiting again with a renewed fervor.
Following Rice’s exhibition of groundbreaking 1960s’ paintings and prints at the Redfern Gallery, London, in 2014, the opportunity to review his earlier work inspired a new series of totally abstract paintings based around Constructivist and Bauhaus principles. This exhibition has developed from a second catalogue raisonné about his work (the first was a catalogue of prints, the second of paintings).
Brian Rice working in his studio 2016. Photograph by Matt Austin.
NOTES TO EDITORS
For further information and images, please contact Richard Blackborow:
Belgrave St Ives, 22 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 1HE
tel. 01736 794888