‘Convention’ sculptures now part of Surrey Art Gallery’s permanent collection

Surrey Art Gallery has announced the purchase of a group of three ceramic sculptures by Keith Rice-Jones for its permanent collection.

Ceramic artist Keith Rice-Jones with “Directional Perspective (2009

Surrey Art Gallery has announced the purchase of a group of three ceramic sculptures by Keith Rice-Jones for its permanent collection.

The purchase was made possible by a matching acquisitions grant from the Canada Council for the Arts ($8,600) and a gift of $7,000 raised by Surrey Art Gallery Association (SAGA).

The purchase price was not made public.

In a statement, the gallery said the acquisition honours the gallery’s “longstanding support of ceramic practice and the volunteer contributions of SAGA members,” particularly past-president Joan Owen.

“Convention” is by master clay artist Rice-Jones, who bridges the traditions of the craft potters’ use of moulds and repeated production of forms with methods of the sculptor, creating unique works in clay.

“I do not set out to make figure equivalents, but all the strong figurative references to head, body and feet are undeniable, and they all stand with their own personalities,” the artist stated.

The gallery has long supported the production and exhibition of clay-based art practices. It has a pottery studio facility within its operation and actively uses clay in its education programs, including hosting residency projects with master artists such as Sally Michener, Les Manning, and Brendan Tang.

Rice-Jones, originally trained in England as a woodworker, turned to clay in the early 1970s. He has an extensive exhibition history in B.C., as well as in Britain and Japan.

Looking ahead, on Sept. 8 Rice-Jones will chat about his clay art during a Thursday Artist Talk event at Surrey Art Gallery. For details, visit Surrey.ca/artgallery or call 604-501-5566.


Just Posted

UPDATE: Proposal to replace Surrey Knight & Day with 25-storey highrise gets early nod

Surrey council gave the application first and second reading Monday, and a public hearing is set for Oct. 1

Syrian family can, finally, feel safe

Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity White Rock meets sponsored family for the first time

Former Surrey MP Gurmant Grewal supports Bernier’s new party

Gurmant Grewal has thrown his lot in with Maxime Bernier’s new People’s Party of Canada

Road closures as Surrey firefighters battle propane blaze

Surrey RCMP control traffic as firefighers fight fire at Pacific Propane Container Recycling

Cloverdale, Langley Thanksgiving food drive collects ‘record-breaking’ amount of food

Annual food drive collected 35,000 lbs of food for Langley Food Bank

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

5 to start your day

A man charged in the death of Belgian tourist, a Syrian family feeling safe in B.C. and more

1st private moon flight passenger to invite creative guests

The Big Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023, SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced at an event Monday at its headquarters near Los Angeles.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mrs. Maisel’ triumph at Emmys

In a ceremony that started out congratulating TV academy voters for the most historically diverse field of nominees yet, the early awards all went solely to whites.

Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in began his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down over the Mediterranean Sea as it was returning to its home base inside Syria, killing all 15 people on board.

Vancouver park board passes motion to learn Indigenous place names

The name of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is now up for debate as the city’s park board confronts its colonial past and pursues reconciliation.

Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

Police said Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Abdelrazik torture lawsuit delay would be unconscionable: lawyer

The federal government is making a last-minute plea to delay the Federal Court hearing

Most Read