BRIAN RICE | Red, Black and White
Close Ltd is thrilled to begin the New Year with a suite of nine heraldic prints by the distinguished West Country painter and printmaker Brian Rice.
Brian first conceived this series as linocuts in 1963 as a response to his move from Somerset to London, where he was instantly struck by the City's plethora of new Bauhaus inspired road and underground signs and symbols. These influences together with an interest in Heraldry that stemmed from classes by the redoubtable Elsie Kay Kohler whilst he was at Yeovil School of Art informed much of his work at this time.
This series was originally proofed as linocuts on Japanese paper but never editioned. It wasn't until 1999 that Rice decided to have them editioned as screenprints. In 2001 the Tate Gallery bought two of them for their permanent collection.
In addition there will be a selection of his 'Pennant' series of Hybrids (prints overworked with paint) dating from 2009/10 in our new office building adjacent to the gallery.
"This is the first opportunity I have had to show all nine of these prints together and in such a perfect space. I have shown two or four together in any number of exhibitions, most recently at The Museum of Somerset, but to see them all together is wonderful, my thanks to Freeny Yianni."
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
Brian Rice in Conversation with Prue O'Day16 Feb 20237.00 - 8.30pm, Thursday 16 February 2023 A unique opportunity to join us in a discussion led by artist Brian Rice, in conversation with Prue O’Day. Brian and Prue met in the late 60’s and we are honoured to see them re-united here on the occasion of Brian Rice’s wonderful exhibition: Red, Black and White. Brian will be defining the subtle differences of working in print as a painter rather than a printmaker, as well as engaging in the development of his work which spans a 60 year career. For...