Lisa Brice

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Lisa Brice
Born 1968 (age 50–51)
Residence London[1]
Occupation Artist
Known for Between This and That (2017)

Lisa Brice (born 1968)[2] is a South African painter and visual artist from Cape Town.[3][4][5][6][7] She lives in London and is cites some of her influences as her experiences growing up in South Africa during a time of political upheaval, and from time spent living and working in Trinidad.[8]


Brice was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa[9] and studied at Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, graduating in 1990.[10] From 1988—1991 Brice worked as printmaking assistant to artist Sue Williamson.[2] She came to London in 1998 to take up a residency at Gasworks Gallery and later settled in the capital. Her paintings are inspired by her early life in South Africa as well as her life in London and time spent in Trinidad over the past 20 years.[1]

Brice started out working with printing, photography, video and other mixed media. After moving to the UK, she began to work predominantly in oils and canvas or paper and is now better known as a painter.[11]

Also in the late 1990s Brice began spending time working and in residence in Port of Spain, Trinidad, where she met and collaborated with other artists such as Peter Doig and Chris Ofili.[12] Together they set up CCA7 (Caribbean Contemporary Arts).[12]

Duro Olowu has described her as one of the "quiet masters of composition and technique".[13]


Lisa Brice, Dakar biennale 2002

Since 1993 Brice has had over 20 solo exhibitions in South Africa and around Europe, and almost 100 group exhibitions around the world.[2]

After graduating, Brice's first show featured images drawn from Thailand's sex industry signage, which was taken up by the Frank Hanel Gallery in Germany and shown across Europe. Subsequent early mixed media exhibitions featured themes such as racial tension, violence and crime in South Africa. [11]

In 2016 Duro Olowu included Brice in Making and Unmaking exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre in London. The following year Salon 94 gallery in New York exhibited Boundary Girl, an exhibition of large canvasses and small gouaches, the smaller works having been displayed earlier that year in London.[13]

In 2018 Brice exhibited at Tate Britain as part of Art Now, exhibitions for new and emerging artists. The work featured "recast female subjects from art historical paintings, photographs and the media into new environments, imbuing them with a newfound sense of self possession."[14] Many of the paintings show the women rendered in a rich blue paint which echoes Brice's Trinidadian experiences of carnival, in which revellers known as 'blue devils' paint themselves blue for anonymity.[8] Art Now included two new paintings not previously exhibited, one based on John Everett Millais' Ophelia (painting) with Ophelia standing upright holding a cigarette, the other based on Parting at Morning by William Rothenstein with the emaciated model repainted, filled out, also smoking a cigarette.[8] The exhibition was well received by the British press who praised Brice for "an important reclamation of the female body".[9][8]

Her work is held in collections around the world, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Johannesburg Art Gallery, the High Commission of South Africa, London and the private collection of Sindika Dokolo.[2]


  1. ^ a b Mehrez, Aïcha. "Q&A: Lisa Brice". Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Lisa Brice biography" (PDF). Goodman Gallery. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ Bedford, Emma; Perryer, Sophie (2004). 10 Years 100 Artists: Art in a Democratic South Africa. Cape Town: Bell-Roberts. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-86872-987-6.
  4. ^ Williamson, Sue (2009). South African Art Now. New York: Collins Design. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-06-134351-3.
  5. ^ New, Josephine (October 30, 2014). "Lisa Brice". Frieze. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "ArtThrob". Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  7. ^ "A R T T H R O B _ A R T B I O". Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Buck, Louisa. "Lisa Brice liberates art history's female muses with a vibrant and voluptuous show at Tate Britain's Art Now". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b Valentine, Hannah. "Lady in blue: the nudes of Lisa Brice – in pictures". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Lisa Brice CV". Stephen Friedman Gallery. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Lisa Brice". Art Africa Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Lisa Brice: Embracing uncertainty". Art Africa Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  13. ^ a b Compton, Nick. "Out of the blue with Lisa Brice". Cultured Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Art Now: Lisa Brice". Retrieved 6 October 2018.

External links

  • Official website
  • Lisa Brice on Artsy
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