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Cecil Rice is a British artist living and working in the UK. He has been painting in watercolours and oils for over thirty years and represented by UK art galleries since 1985. Cecil exhibits regularly in the UK at galleries in London and the South of England but also further afield. Exhibitions have included solo shows in Cork Street, London, Red Dot Gallery, Wandsworth and Holt and many group and mixed exhibitions, too numerous to list.

Between 2000 and 2006 various limited editions of Cecil Rice silkscreen (serigraph) prints, mainly featuring Venetian subjects, were published by Obsession Publishing. These were widely sold in art galleries and collected both in the UK and internationally.

In 2006 book pubishers, Halsgrove, printed the first edition of  the hardback book ‘Cecil Rice – Venice, Sunlight and Water’.  Carrying over 120 full-page colour reproductions this book sold out within 12 months.

Most recently:  in 2013, Halsgrove are publishing a modified and updated edition of Cecil’s 2006 book.

2013:  Town House Films have produced and released a two-hour DVD entitled ‘Painting the light – with Cecil Rice’, available widely.

2013: Illustrated feature article on Cecil Rice. ‘The Artists’ magazine, July edition.

Cecil Rice exhibits each year in the Brighton Festival, showing his latest originals and limited-edition prints.

His subjects include the city of Venice, Mediterranean light and landscape, the sea and shoreline of his home town, Brighton, London, Italian cities such as Florence and Rome, Tuscan landscape, Egypt, Morocco and Amsterdam.

Cecil’s focus as an artist is on portraying light and atmosphere through subtle use of colour whilst underpinning his paintings with well-planned composition, mainly achieved through drawing.  He often draws and paints out of doors, on location, because this discipline supports and informs his studio-based work and helps him to capture the life of his subjects.  He develops his subjects further in the studio, taking certain liberties with the flow and intensity of colour and honing his compositions.

Cecil Rice CV

Born in 1961, Cecil Rice has lived in Brighton since 1974 and studied painting at the Brighton College of Art. Cecil is well known for his evocative paintings of shoreline subjects and architecture. He has a passion for Italy, especially Venice, and travel has been an important inspiration behind much of his painting to date. Recent painting trips have taken him to Granada, Marrakesh and India.

EXHIBITIONS

1996     The Sussex Open

The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.

1997     Brighton Art Festival

Ropner Gallery, Fulham, London. (solo show)

1998     Brighton Art Festival

Red Dot Gallery, Wandsworth, London.

Group exhibition, Gallery 28, Cork Street, London.

1999     Brighton Art Festival

Tisch Beere Gallery, Cardiff.

Red Dot Gallery, Wandsworth, London. (solo show)

Group Exhibition ‘Venice in Peril’. Patterson Gallery, London

Battersea Art Fair, Battersea Arts Centre, London.

2000    Brighton Art Festival

Red Dot Gallery, Wandsworth, London (solo)

2001     Brighton Art Festival

Red Dot Gallery, Wandsworth, London (solo)

2002     Gallery 27, Cork Street, London (solo)

Brighton Art Festival

Castle Galleries, Nottingham

2003     Gallery 238, Dorking (solo)

Brighton Art Festival

Gallery 27, Cork Street, London (group exhibition)

2004     Brighton Art Festival

Castle Galleries, Nottingham

Street Gallery, Street, Somerset

Obsession Publishing, Olympia, London

2005     Brighton Art Festival

Obsession Publishing, Holt, Norfolk. June 2005 (solo show)

2006     Brighton Art Festival

Royal Academy, Work on Paper

2007     Solo Show, The Red Dot Gallery, Holt Norfolk

Brighton Art Festival

2008     Solo Show, The Red Dot Gallery, Holt Norfolk

Brighton Art Festival

St.Stephen’s Church, Kensington

Hampshire Art Fair

Elford Fine Art, Olympia, Exeter Art Fair

Windsor Art Fair

2009     Brighton Festival Artist’s Open House

Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

Elford Fine Art, Exeter Art FairTavistock

Spring Art Fair, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

Brighton Festival Artist’s Open House

Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

2010

Blackheath Gallery, London

Brighton Festival Artist’s Open House

Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

Bell Fine Art, Winchester

Royall Fine Art, Tunbridge-Wells

Elford Fine Art, Tavistock

Brighton Festival Artist’s Open House

Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

2011

Elford Fine Art, Tavistock

Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

Bell Fine Art

Blackheath Gallery, London

Brighton Festival Artist’s Open House

Chelsea Art Fair

2012

Elford Fine Art, Tavistock

Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

Bell Fine Art

Brighton Festival Artist’s Open House

2013

DVD created by Town House Films

New Hardback of paintings published by Halsgrove books

Feature article and front page in ‘The Artist’, June 2013

Artist in residence on  BBC ‘Countryfile’ July 2013

Brighton Festival Artist’s Open House

Blackheath Gallery, London

Elford Fine Art, Tavistock

Bell Fine Art, Winchester.

Red Dot Gallery, Holt, Norfolk

2014 – 2015 to be updated