Brian Rice was born in 1936 and studied at Yeovil School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. He has taught at numerous art colleges, including Hornsey College of Art, Croydon College of Art, Central School of Art, and, over a period of thirty years, at Brighton College of Art (now the University of Brighton).
He began exhibiting in 1961, has had 35 solo exhibitions and around 200 group exhibitions. His work has been shown outside the UK in Italy, Japan, India, Norway, the former Yugoslavia, Canada and the USA. 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 the USA at Oklahoma University Albright Collection, Boston University, Atlantic Richfield Co. New York, to name but a few.
Prizes include the Arnolfini Open Painting Prize 1963; Westward TV Print Prize 1971; Millfield Open 2003; Evolver Prize 2007.
He has published two books, 'The English Sunrise', (with Tony Evans) winner of 3 DADA awards in 1972; and 'A Pictorial History of Santa Claus' published in 1995.
His work is featured in two recent publications on print collecting: 'Modern and Contemporary Prints, a Practical Guide to Collecting' by Phoebe Phillips and Tom Robb, and 'Collecting Original Prints' by Rosemary Simmons. He also featured in the BBC Time Shift programme, 'Art School in 2004.
Rice made his first prints in 1953 and has been making prints continuously since that date. He was elected Chairman of the Printmakers Council in 1974 and served in that position for three years.
The Tate Gallery
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The British Council
University of Cardiff, Wales
University of Aberystwyth, Wales
Hertford College, Oxford
University of Bristol
University of Lancaster
Geffrye Museum, London
Sheffield Art Gallery
South London Art Gallery
Canadian Broadcasting College, London
John Courage Collection
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter