Bruce Brice Article From 1974
Salon Series Invitation: Bruce Brice Article From 1974
Click HERE to read "Bruce R. Brice: The Today Show Via Jackson Square" by Patricia B. Mitchell from the December 1974 Issue of The Community Standard.
On Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3 PM, join us as we look at evolution of the work of celebrated painter Bruce Brice. This opening reception will feature a performance by Will Smith and the Preservation All Stars.
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“I am an artist educating the masses. My goal is to teach…to enlighten others about the rich Africa-American experiences, culture, and traditions in this region. Through various mediums, I am able to link the past to the present and form positive visions of the future. When I culturally enhanced one’s knowledge then I know that my God-given talents are at work.” –Bruce Brice
Internationally renowned Bruce Brice, was born in the French Quarter and grew up in the Lafitte public housing development, where he performed puppet shows for neighborhood kids. As a young man, he got a job assisting in Larry Bornstein's legendary French Quarter art gallery (soon to become Preservation Hall) and began developing his signature upbeat, folk art style. By 1969, he was selling his work on the Jackson Square fence. In 1970, he was commissioned by George Wein to create the poster for the first Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Brice was not a stickler for labels, yet his work regularly labeled folk, primitive, or naïve. His use of abstracts, vibrant colors, and symmetry have drawn comparisons to Haitian artists. People and New Orleans were his favorite subjects, showcasing social interactions and awareness, and documenting the past, present, and fragments of the future.
The exhibit will run through September 26th, with limited viewing hours.