Monday, February 1, 2010

5 x 5 Submission 22 - Olivia Britt

Olivia Britt

Britt was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. She received her BA in painting from Dartmouth College in 2000 and her MFA in painting from the University of Washington in 2004. She was the recipient of a 2005 PONCHO Artist-in-Residence grant to learn bronze casting at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Her work has been published twice in New American Paintings, Open Studios Press, Boston. She has exhibited her work at the Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries of Dartmouth College, the Alliance for Visual Arts and McGowan Fine Art in New Hampshire, the Henry Art Gallery, the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Soil Art Gallery, and Francine Seders Gallery. She was a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago in 2005, and currently teaches at Gage Academy of Art. She lives and works in Seattle.


I like materials and the process of making. Materials are the physical embodiment of intent and expression, establishing a history of process unique to each painting or collage. I seek to solidify experience, not to identify something known. I build my paintings and collages using color, mass, line, and shape to structure and divide the rectangle. I observe the landscape around me, oftentimes things most people don’t take note of – a group of holes and cracks in a sidewalk, a piece of piping running up the side of an old building, the concrete medians in roadways. I am sensitive to color and the light of the northwest. Painting is natural for me, and a process I have engaged in and enjoyed since childhood.

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Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2010

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