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"William S. Rice: Art & Life" Book Review

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 16, 2013 01:04 AM
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by Eric last modified Aug 15, 2013

PrairieMod Squad member Donna O. was kind enough to review the new book published by Pomegranate titled William S. Rice: Art & Life by Ellen Treseder Sexauer with an introduction by Kenneth R. Trapp. Read it after the jump... William S. Rice (1873-1963) was a prolific block print artist in the Arts and Crafts era, working in wood and linoleum. In the book, William S. Rice: Art & Life, his granddaughter, Ellen Treseder Sexauer tells...




 

 

Screen Shot 2013-08-14 at 8.45.36 PMPrairieMod Squad member Donna O. was kind enough to review the new book published by Pomegranate titled William S. Rice: Art & Life by Ellen Treseder Sexauer with an introduction by Kenneth R. Trapp. Read it after the jump...

William S. Rice (1873-1963) was a prolific block print artist in the Arts and Crafts era, working in wood and linoleum. In the book, William S. Rice: Art & Life, his granddaughter, Ellen Treseder Sexauer tells the story of Rice, an artist and teacher, talented and influential in both realms of his life.

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Born and raised in Pennsylvania, where he had studied art and design, Rice moved to California to become an assistant art supervisor in the Stockton public school system. He embraced his new environment, and with his camera recorded the unique architectural and natural elements of California for his inspiration in the studio. We see examples in the book where his photographs become beautiful watercolors and block prints in the fluid evolution of the multi-talented Rice’s art.

Rice blossoms in the San Francisco Bay art community while also teaching and inspiring a generation of high school students. As a teacher, Rice taught drawing, watercolor and oil painting, photography, metal craft, leather work, design, as well as his beloved wood and linoleum block printing. William S. Rice also published two teaching texts for use in the schools. As an artist, Rice is motivated by his belief in the democratic availability of the art of block printing. His exposure to Japanese prints at an International Exposition encourages him to successfully develop his own techniques.

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This book is an enjoyable read, with so many wonderful images of block prints, watercolors, etchings, photographs, pastels, oil painting and others. The memories of his daughter, Roberta Rice Treseder, as to her father’s artistic process, gives the reader an intimate look at William S. Rice, the artist. Ellen Treseder Sexauer, through her grandfather’s own writings and many other sources, gives us a glimpse of the artist, teacher, naturalist, and loving family man that her grandfather was.

If you'd like to find out more details on this wonderful book and order a copy for yourself, follow the link.

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