THE ART STABLE
Kelly Ross Fine Art
Child Okeford, Dorset. DT11 8HB
IN THE BEGINNING
Paintings, drawings and prints from his student years at Yeovil School of Art and Goldsmiths College
10th February – March 9th 2024 Gallery open Thursday – Saturday
At 87 Brian Rice is recognised as one of the most important British abstract painters with work in close to 70 museum and corporate collections, mainly in the U.K. and U.S.A.
Anyone who is familiar with his distinctive abstract paintings and prints is, however, in for an unexpected experience at The Art Stable in Child Okeford this February. ‘In the Beginning’ presents a fascinating archive of works made by Brian in the 1950s whilst at Yeovil School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London.
A collection of delicate landscapes and portraits are Brian’s earliest works. They are from this seminal period of time, when art education was rigorous, and the teaching of skills paramount. These closely observed figurative images from an artist now so well known for his bold, purely abstract work, perhaps demonstrate the value of such a foundation, enabling the student to move with confidence into their own creative path.