Leslie Rice

Leslie Rice

A critically acclaimed painter and established tattoo artist, Leslie Rice is known for his use of dramatic imagery drawn from the grand tradition of history painting. Blending high art and pop, Rice combines Mannerist tableaux, including mythological and biblical references, with the vultures, lions, skulls and buxom women seen tattooed on the bodies of his clients and friends.

Rice’s use of black velvet – widely considered the lowest of painting supports – evokes the cheapness of the flea market. However, instead of images of sunsets and pin-up girls, velvet provides a vehicle for Rice’s deep chiaroscuro, emphasising the clash of high and low in his works. Painted in a dark palette, Rice’s works are anathema to the brash amplitude of contemporary visual culture, and suggest a retreat from the golden age of Western painting.

Leslie Rice is a two-time winner of the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (2012, 2007) and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize (2015, 2012, 2010, 2008) and the John Sulman Prize (2013).


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Leslie Rice Prometheus bound, 2016 acrylic on black velvet 183 x 122 cm $22,000.00
Leslie Rice Salomés dance (crescendo), 2016 acrylic on black velvet 61 x 46 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice A crazy Motherfucka, 2016 acrylic on black velvet 61 x 46 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice Can't get Santa Muerte (out of my head), 2016 acrylic on black velvet 101.5 x 76 cm $11,000.00
Leslie Rice Deuteronomy 19:21, 2016 acrylic on black velvet 20 x 25.5 cm Sold
Leslie Rice Matthew 5:30, 2016 acrylic on black velvet 20 x 25.5 cm Sold
Leslie Rice Receding stripes, 2016 fresco 47 x 47 cm
Leslie Rice Advancing and receding stripes small, 2016 fresco 32 x 32 cm
Leslie Rice Advancing orbs, 2016 fresco 32 x 32 cm $1,500.00
Leslie Rice Advancing and receding squares, 2016 fresco 62 x 62 cm $2,500.00
Leslie Rice Advancing HT, 2016 fresco 62 x 62 cm $2,500.00
Leslie Rice Good fat stripes, 2016 fresco 32 x 32 cm
Leslie Rice Advancing and receding stripes medium, 2016 fresco 47 x 47 cm
Leslie Rice Advancing target, 2016 fresco 47 x 47 cm $2,000.00
Leslie Rice Tilting squares, 2016 fresco 47 x 47 cm
Leslie Rice Hill End bacchanal (portrait of Luke Sciberras), 2015 acrylic on black velvet 183 x 122 cm $22,000.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (a Luncheon on the Grass), 2014 acrylic on velvet 92 x 122 cm $14,000.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Nocturne), 2014 acrylic on velvet 102 x 76 cm $11,000.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Pour the Wine), 2014 acrylic on velvet 61 x 91.5 cm $9,900.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (the Arrival of Silenus), 2014 acrylic on velvet 92 x 61 cm $9,900.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Lamentation), 2014 acrylic on velvet 92 x 61 cm $9,900.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Startled Satyr), 2014 acrylic on velvet 61 x 46 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (a Drunken Tryst), 2014 acrylic on velvet 61 x 46 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Sour Grapes), 2014 acrylic on velvet 20 x 25 cm Sold
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Young Bacchus), 2014 acrylic on velvet 61 x 46 cm Sold
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Last of the Summer Wine), 2014 acrylic on velvet 20 x 25 cm Sold
Leslie Rice Bacchanal (Nevermore), 2014 acrylic on velvet 20 x 25 cm Sold
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, beautiful Adonis is gored to death by a wild boar, 2012 acrylic on velvet 74.5 x 54.4 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, mighty Heracles completes the first of his labours - killing the Nemean Lion, 2012 acrylic on velvet 60 x 90 cm $8,000.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, a lone Griffon returns to its Eyrie, 2012 acrylic on velvet 55 x 75 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, Sisyphus begins another day, 2012 acrylic on velvet 61 x 92 cm $9,900.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, Tityos is consumed eternally by vultures, 2012 acrylic on velvet 61 x 92 cm $9,900.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, the riddle of the Sphinx is solved, and she devours herself in rage, 2012 acrylic on velvet 54 x 75 cm $8,800.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, the hideous gorgon Medusa is slain, 2012 acrylic on velvet 46 x 61 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, Phryxis sacrifices his saviour to Poseidon, 2012 acrylic on velvet 54 x 75 cm $8,800.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, behold! The unholy stench of Manticore!, 2012 acrylic on velvet 75 x 54 cm $8,800.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, the dreaded Minotaur slumps dying in his labyrinth, 2012 acrylic on velvet 75 x 54 cm $8,800.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, brave Bellerophon, astride the winged horse Pegasus, slays the fearsome Chimaera, 2012 acrylic on velvet 122 x 91.5 cm $14,000.00
Leslie Rice As the sun sets slowly in the west, a harpy picks through the aftermath of war, 2012 acrylic on velvet 61 x 46 cm $7,000.00
Leslie Rice Matthew 7:15, 2016 acrylic on black velvet 61 x 46 cm $7,000.00