William Brice, who has hitherto been represented occasionally in big group exhibitions, is holding his first one-man show at the Downtown Gallery. His drawings reveal his sound technical training, which is reflected in his paintings. To simple subjects such as kelp, rocks and driftwood he brings a feeling for abstract form as such. The painting is modest, sympathetic, well considered without ever being labored.

Brice can use rich deep color as in “View of Topanga” but in general he keeps to a consistently low palette and tonal effects. Withal he creates mood and there are overtones. One brooding intense portrait lends an added distinctive note.

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