For immediate release:
Opening reception for the artists Saturday April 2, 6 – 8pm.
Western Project is proud to present an exhibition by Los Angeles artist, Daniel Brice. In his first Los Angeles solo exhibition since 2008, Brice will present a new body of work unlike anything he has previously shown. Echoing aspects of Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Diebenkorn, Brice returns with a rough hewn geometry and vivid color in his paintings. Drawn from the landscape and beaches of Oxnard where the artist spends time, the works are imbued with a quality of light found only in Southern California. And similar to the 1970’s works of Brice Marden from Hydra, Brice’s paintings reek of foliage and air of the coastal landscape. His thickly worked surfaces of oil paint reveal layers and layers of time; refined and distilled day after day, into a specific quality of experience.
The artist paints on burlap stretched over wood panels; each painting comprised of multi-panels. His compositions are a minimal rectilinear language, divided into planes of color implying vast spatial expanses. Brice’s use of color is akin to the legacy of Matisse; an emotive tool, here evidencing a ‘Western’ feeling or sensibility. His abstract fields intuit a rich acrid taste of dust or the scent of oaks, all drenched in the specific aqueous light of California.
Brice has shown in galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Atlanta, among other locations. He has three times been an artist in residence at the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico and is in numerous private and public collections.