Studio 3 Gallery is delighted to announce the first of these exhibitions titled ‘Palindrome: The Sixties Art of Brian Rice and Richard Rome’. This show looks back to the works made by the artists during the mid-1960s and will feature a number of bold paintings and prints from Brian Rice, as well as Richard Rome’s impeccably finished sculptures and humorous and elegant working drawings.
Both artists developed their practices during formative years in the mid-sixties working in London’s vibrant and exciting art scene; Rice was such an exemplary sixties figure that Michelangelo Antonioni interviewed him while researching his film Blow Up. Rice and Rome responded to this eclectic urban environment and earlier Modernist influences including Constructivism, the Bauhaus, and the sculptures of Brancusi and Arp by developing bold, hard-edged and formal works that still demonstrate the attitudes of playfulness and experimentation that marked the decade.
According to Ben Thomas, Curator of Studio 3 Gallery, ‘this exhibition explores in depth the work of two extraordinary artists whose art is characteristic of the period of creativity and optimism when the University of Kent was founded. I am grateful to both artists, and also to the Redfern Gallery who have been our partners in realising this exhibition’.
To mark our 50th Anniversary, the University of Kent is launching ‘My Generation: a Festival of British Art in the 1960s’. This series of three exhibitions will be held across Kent during the first half of 2015 at Studio 3 Gallery (University of Kent, Canterbury Campus), Mascalls Gallery (Paddock Wood) and The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury). A catalogue featuring new essays from Professor Martin Hammer and Dr Ben Thomas surveying the work in these shows will also be published.