PRESIDENT’S WELCOME TO WILLIAMBRICE.ORG

I have tended to live in such a way that I could concentrate and that I could, in a sense, immerse myself in what I was doing.  My accompanying activity was teaching…[It] was a way for me to do something that I really believe in very strongly, which has to do with the participation in the continuity of art, on the ongoing-ness of art.  I felt very much connected, indebted, to the persons who had taught me. When I looked at work of artists, it was as they were alive again, with me.

William Brice,
Brice’s Walkthrough Tour,
William Brice’s Mid-Career Retrospective, MoCA, 1986

William Brice had a revered and unique voice in art and its development in Southern California, and so I hope this blog posts will become a lively and stimulating forum for many voices to similarly participate “in the continuity of art, on the on-going-ness of art”.

Thus, it is my enormous pleasure to welcome readers to this Website and to our blogs.

I am John Brice, the son of artist William Brice, and the President of the Brice Charitable Foundation. I grew up in Los Angeles immersed in the arts, especially the visual arts.  I entered the California Institute of Art (Cal Arts) as an art major, then changed to a Film Studies and graduated with an MFA in Filmmaking.  I worked in Hollywood as a writer, director, and producer before life took me to the UK for nine years where I pursued these interests and was also a university lecturer in screenwriting and directing. 

Now, I have returned to the visual arts and to Los Angeles.  I am enthusiastic about our Foundation’s mission, which is to educate the public about the art and life of William Brice (1921-2008), and about art in general through exhibitions; loans of artwork; publication of educational materials; sponsorship of seminars, and other activities as may promote these goals. The Foundation’s website, WilliamBrice.org, is a virtual William Brice museum and forms part of the Foundation’s overall mission.

The Foundation’s efforts include mounting retrospectives, nationally and internationally.  Many are aware of one portion of Brice’s prolific career but not others.  Intriguingly, as well, the final 20 years of Brice’s work and his evolution remain mostly unknown to curators, collectors, and to the public. These last two decades offer fascinating insights into Brice’s remarkable artistic journey over his 73-year career, and since his 1986 MoCA mid-career retrospective.

Untitled, 1984 Oil on canvas, 50 x 58 in. WBNO-8407

I hope you will find our blogs worthwhile, informative, as well as entertaining.  These blogs will cover a range of topic areas about Brice’s fascinating life and various aspects of his work, including his contexts as a New Yorker born into the world of the arts, and then as an Angelino and a Californian artist.

Blog contributors will be “voices” from the Foundation as well as invited guest bloggers, whose independent explorations of related topics and themes to Brice will contribute to the “the ongoing-ness of art”.

Please stay tuned.

John Brice

President of the Brice Charitable Foundation.