Then and Now
6 February - 6 March 2021
Few artists from the 1960’s and 1970’s were more prominent than Brian Rice. Critically acclaimed, his work was everywhere - in galleries, in colour supplements and magazines: The Sunday Times, Observer, Nova, Tatler, House Garden were just some of the magazines featuring his work at the time. Brian’s work would also appear in room interiors advertising Whiskey, furniture, carpets etc. When in 1968 the ‘modern’ room series for the Geffrye Museum was designed, the picture on the Wall was a Rice. Similarly the 1970 Idea Home Exhibition featured work by Rice. It was also included in films such as ‘The Candidate’ and ‘The Untouchables’. Alongside contemporary artists such as Bridget Riley, Peter Sedgley, Derek Boshier and others Rice’s bold coloured geometric abstracts reflected the period. In 1978, after 16 years of living in London and being at the centre of the British Art World, Brian bought a 50 acre farm in Dorset and while continuing to teach devoted much of the following decade to restoring the C16th farmhouse and farming sheep. In the 1980’s Brian Rice started to paint and exhibit again, his work having taken on a softer edge. Taking inspiration from the deep marks made in the landscape, the work is more textural and rhythmic. Rice began exhibiting in 1961 and has had 35 solo exhibitions and around 200 group exhibitions around the world. His work is held in over 60 public and corporate collections worldwide, including the Tate Gallery, V&A Museum, the Geffrye Museum, the Government Art Collection, the British Council, Plymouth City Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery, Exeter Museum, and in several USA institutions. Brian Rice was born in 1936 and studied at Yeovil School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. In the 1960s and 70s he taught at numerous art colleges in and around London, and until 2001, at Brighton College of Art (now the University of Brighton).