Irish Artist Directory

Noreen Rice (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: Noreen Rice

Lived: 1934 -

Categories: Irish Women Artists

Artist Biography

Belfast born Noreen Rice attended the Methodist College, 1947-50 and won two first prizes in art. Her piano teacher Tom Davidson introduced her to Gerard Dillon and George Campbell who taught her in the early 1950s and became closely associated with the two artists till their deaths in 1971 and 1979. She visited Gerard Dillon before travelling to Hong Kong in 1954 where she remained till 1957 and had a solo show in 1956 with the British Council.

From 1958 to 1967, she lived in London and rented a flat in Gerard Dillon’s sister Mollie’s house for some years in Abbey Road with her brother Hal. She worked nights at the BBC as P.A. in News and Current Affairs which allowed her day-time hours to paint.While she lived at Abbey Road, she also met many artists who visited or stayed in the house.This included writers Gerard Keenan, Aidan Higgins and Arthur Armstrong.The 1950s prompted experiment with materials and continued encouragement and advice from Gerard Dillon.

From 1958, Rice became a prolific exhibitor, showing at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art and in 1961 with the New Vision Centre, London. From 1962 she exhibited with an Oireachtas and from 1965 with the RHA in Dublin. She exhibited solo and group exhibitions with the David Hendriks Gallery from 1959 and the Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast in 1971. Other solo exhibitions included several with The Otter and The Cavehill Galleries from 1988 in Belfast.

From 1967 to 1971, Rice lived in Paris and married French artist Achille Kern. She took up Lithography and studied etching in Geneva under a bursary from the Swiss Arts Council. She lived in London from 1971 to 1973, Ireland from 1973 to 1990 returning to London again until 1999 before she finally settled in Co. Monaghan. Rice’s work is in the National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick; Northern Ireland Arts Council; Arts Council of the Republic of Ireland; Ulster Museum, Belfast; and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, County Monaghan, where she held residencies from 1985.

Noreen Rice's work featured in Adam's exhibitions:

'George Campbell and the Belfast Boys' (2015). Please click here to view the catalogue.


'Irish Women Artists: 1870-1970' (2014). Please click here to view the catalogue.

'Gerard Dillon: Art and Friendships' (2013). Please click here to view the catalogue.

Noreen Rice Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

Noreen Rice (1936-2015) Sleeping Figures (1963) Pastel, 73 x 99cm (28¾ x 39'') Provenance: UTV ...

Hammer Price €1,300.00

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Noreen Rice, (b.1936) Flowers in a Dark Landscape Oil on board, 79.5 x 120cm

Hammer Price €680.00

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Noreen Rice (b.1936) Dusky Landscape Mixed media, 52.5 x 72cms Signed Provenance: Ritchie Hendrik...

Hammer Price €560.00

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NOREEN RICE The Bright Day is Done Pastel, 58 X 81.5CMS (22 X 32.25'') Signed Tom Caldwell Galle...

Hammer Price €520.00

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Noreen Rice (b. 1936) Composition Mixed Media, 32 x 19 cm Signed

Hammer Price €520.00

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