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Stanley Maxwell Brice
Born: 1936; U.S.A
Stanley Maxwell Brice is a well-known American still-life artist. He is famous for painting beautiful florals, vases and linen cloths; however, his work has gone beyond that.
Brice developed his talent of painting reflections (which is ver chalenging to do from a technical aspect) while working with famed artist, Roberto Lupetti, Often referred to as trompe l’oeil, which translates from a French appellation meaning, "deception of the eye." Due to the realistic nature of the paintings, the "illusionisms" often fools the viewer into thinking that the objects or scene represented are real rather than painted. Brice’s attention to detail is so accurate, that one has the impression of gazing through a magnifying glass. The viewer is able to see the veins of a rose petal, the droplets of moisture on a leaf, the bulbous base of a silver tea pot and the reflections of a room revealed in its spout, or even the lustrous quality of silk drapes.
Unlike most still-life painters, every composition that Brice creates arises from his imagination. He never uses props, and when he begins a painting, he primes his canvas to achieve a smooth, glassy texture. Brice then sketches in the subject with pencil. Whether it is plump fruit, graceful flowers, a fluted champagne glass or a streamlined vase, the detail is already apparent. Next, is when he paints the background.
Depending on his "feel" for the piece, Brice may start at the top, middle, or bottom (he has no formula by which he paints). Working with small brushes and a wide-range of colors, the artist painstakingly covers the canvas inch by inch, compromising nothing. The result is a breathtaking, incredibly unique composition.
In the ever-constant endeavor to widen his horizons, Brice has begun a series of works dedicated to major twentieth century artists. His composition The World of Fine Art tributes renowned seascape artist, Eugene Garin. Brice has also painted tributes to artists such as, James Fetherolf, William Slaughter, Alexander Dzigurski, and Paul Valere.
Enthusiastically received by not only the artists themselves but collectors as well, Stanley Maxwell Brice continues to push the limits of modern art.