b. 1940 Cleveland, Ohio, Richard Brice Wood
1958-59 Cooper Union, NYC
1960-63 Boston Museum School
1963-64 Fifth-Year Program, Boston Museum School
1966-88 Los Angeles
1988- Jerome, Arizona
Both of Brice Wood's parents were artistic: his father Edgar J. Wood was a pianist and a lifelong member of Local 4 of the Musician's Union. His mother Marian (nee McClure) made ceramic animal sculptures and for years taught a weekly class in the basement of their home. The family nurtured artistic ambitions: Brice's brother Wallis is a writer and his sister Barbara is a textile designer.
Photos by Raina Gentry
|The Cleveland Heights public school system offered art classes, which he took. In his senior year of high school he applied for admission to Cooper Union in New York and was invited to take their entry exam. He passed, and in the fall of 1958 became a freshman in what was then a three year-program.
The policy of Cooper Union was to hire working artists to teach. This put the student closer to the gallery scene than would have otherwise happened. There were openings to attend, people to meet. In the laissez faire culture of abstract expressionism, many students, Brice among them, saw no reason to finish school. One year seemed like enough.
From 1960 to 1963 Brice attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston. This school was at the opposite end of the artistic spectrum from Cooper Union. Whereas Cooper Union was the avant garde, the Museum School was almost like the French Academy: there was life drawing every day, thorough grounding in the history of technique, and many hours spent copying paintings in the museum's collection.
Brice graduated in 1963 with a certificate in Painting. He spent the next year in the Museum School Fifth Year program, for which he received a certificate in 1964.
In 1966 he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as an animator making educational films and commercials. He produced title sequences for film and TV. He wrote storyboards and scripts.
In 1970 Brice and actress Ellen Blake had a daughter, Jessica. Jessica in an actress, writer, and stand-up comic who lives in New York.
During the 70s Brice worked as a free-lance designer. He designed and built office interiors, furniture and restaurants. He also did typography, graphic design and product design. During these years he also produced paintings: acrylic portraits, landscapes and still lifes.
Brice and author/educator Carol Yacht were married in 1979. They raised their children, Matthew Lowenkron and Jessica Wood in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles.
In 1982 Harry N. Abrams published "The Los Angeles Times California Home Book", which included two pages devoted to a mural Brice had painted in the style of Henri Rousseau, in a house in Beverly Hills.
In 1983 and '84, he studied intaglio printmaking at Santa Monica Community College. Around this time he also began to conduct or attend weekly life drawing workshops, a practice he continues.
In 1988, Brice and Carol moved to Jerome, Arizona. From 1989 to 1996 he taught art at Yavapai College and the Sedona Arts Center. In 1990 he designed the house they live in. He has been a Town Councilman, served on the Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission, and is Chairman of the Design Review Board. He is a member of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce, and a past president of the Verde Valley Astronomical Society.
In 1996 Brice and a few other local artists started the Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery. It has grown to include 40 artists and is considered the premier gallery in northern Arizona.
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