This superb, beautifully-presented book, features
over 120 paintings by artist Cecil Rice. It is a celebration
of this artist’s passion for light, colour and
atmosphere. His handling of sunlight, which seems
to radiate from the page, is a testament to his vision
The 2006 book Cecil Rice: Venice, Sunlight and Water,
has long been out of print and difficult to obtain.
This new book incorporates many of the most stunning
images from the previous volume, but adds
many watercolours that have never before been
published. Venice, which has proved to be such a
rich source for his work, remains important. For
more than two decades his love for the city has
resulted in truly remarkable watercolours that are
applauded by critics and collectors alike.
But beyond the thrall of Venice, among his most
recent paintings are tantalising glimpses of Indian
and Mughal subjects, seascapes, dramatic nocturnes
and Thames views. Cecil has a love of travel that
shows no signs of abating. Florence, Rome, Tuscany,
Tunisia, Egypt and Spain have all provided exciting
subjects for him, from the warm allure of Southern
Europe to North Africa and India.
In contrast, the
cooler earth-golds and blues of the north are
explored, from the sea at Brighton, along the canals
of Amsterdam and the Thames in London and in
spectacular icy nocturnes. His style is at once
recognisable though not easily imitated.
After many highly successful exhibitions, Cecil
Rice:The Colour of Light is a fitting title for this collection.
Here is a perfect opportunity to view the
comprehensive range of Cecil Rice’s paintings. After
the extraordinary success of his 2006 book this will
be welcomed by an ever-increasing number of
collectors across the world and will provide inspiration
for countless aspiring artists.
Zoe Cooper is a writer with a passion
for contemporary British painting. She
works by spending time with artists at
their studios and on location. This
allows her to familiarise herself with
their thoughts, methods and inspirations.
‘I am always fascinated to learn
what makes an artist tick’ she says, ‘by
what makes them spend their lifetime
painting.’ Zoe was pleased to work
with Cecil on his 2006 book Cecil
Rice:Venice, Sunlight and Water and is
delighted to contribute to this new
volume Cecil Rice: The Colour of Light.
‘His handling of colour and light is
extraordinary and the sheer range of
subjects just keeps expanding. Who
know’s what might come next?’
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 52 6, hardback, 258x238mm, 144 pages. Published October 2013.