Above: Red and Black Quartered, 1968 by Brian Rice
Can’t wait to see the new Brian Rice show at The Art Stable
in Child Okeford (opens 16 September – 22 October) which celebrates the artist’s 80th
Renowned in the 60s and 70s, Rice’s abstract prints were associated with the pop art movement and were everywhere, featuring widely in newspapers, magazines hip galleries of the time.
In 1968 when the ‘modern’ room at the Geffrye Museum of the Home was designed, it was a Rice picture on the wall and his work also featured in the 1970 Ideal Home Exhibition. His intensely coloured geometric pictures are highly evocative of the Swinging London period of the mid to late 60s, when art, music and fashion celebrated a new modernism.
Pictured below 253 Collhanger, 2003
In 1978 Rice moved to Dorset and later paintings revealed a new softer edge. Inspired by the deep marks made in the landscape his work became more textural and rhythmic.
Since 2014 Rice has been revisiting the abstract and geometric paintings which made his name in the 60s, with work influenced by the Bauhaus and the Russian Constructivists.
This will be the artist’s 36th
solo exhibition in an extraordinary career spanning more than 50 years. Don’t miss it.