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BRICE Biography

Stanley Maxwell Brice was born Watsonville, CA in 1936. A well-known American still-life artist, Stanley Maxwell Brice goes far beyond painting beautiful florals, vases and linen cloths; his works are simply mesmerizing.

Brice developed his magnificent skill of painting reflections. So photographically realistic, the "illusionism" common in Brice's works 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. Being able to see the most minute particulars of the subject, 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. No matter what the subject may be, its image simply caresses Brice's canvas.

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 a pencil. Whether it is a plump fruit, graceful flowers, a fluted champagne glass or a streamlined vase, the detail is already apparent. Next, the artist paints the background.