83-85 Main Street
Bushmills, Co. Antrim
Tel. 028 2073 1324
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BIO: Hugh RIce
Hugh G. Rice was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1946. He qualified in 1968 from St. Joseph's College of Education, Belfast with an Art Teacher's Certificate (Distinction), and a Certificate in Education (First). His early career was spent teaching Art and Design at secondary and tertiary levels in Belfast before he decided to teach in Zambia, Central Africa in 1974. While in Zambia he was Artistic director to the Irish Wild Geese Association where his art work was prized for hotel and theatre displays. The latter part of his thirteen years in Africa were spent as professor of Art and Design Education, Teacher Training, at Evelyn Hone College, Lusaka, Zambia. Upon his return to Ballycastle, Northern Ireland in 1986, Hugh extended his knowledge in the field of art education and obtained his BA and MA (Ed.) with the Open University, U.K. His interest in modern painting techniques was further advanced with his doctoral research again with the Open University. Hugh has worked in many primary and secondary schools in Northern Ireland. He was an Art Consultant for the North Eastern Education and Library board. Hugh's work can be found not only in Ireland and Africa but in the Netherlands, England, Israel, Australia, and Canada.Canadian winters, from January to early spring, are spent in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. His depictions of the Glens of Antrim, the mountains, bogland and patchwork fields, are painted using a monochromatic palette. Acrylic paint as well as oil is allowed to flow off the brush to reflect the mists and rain of an Irish glen. In contrast, the summers and autumns spent in the vast Canadian prairies are represented on a larger canvas to capture the feeling of space. The vivid mixed media palette is applied in a variety of ways, usually without brushes.