Local artist Britty Em (Britty Marsden) creates playful large-scale paintings that, in some cases, literally turn heads. She successfully synthesises both concept and colour to create crisp clean work that infuses elements of graphic design and fashion; both of which feature heavily throughout her portfolio to influence her illustrative, flat, bold painting style.  Entirely distinctive and a talking piece to be sure, Britty’s paintings will add depth and value to any collection with their fearless approach to subject matter which includes the artists “Forever Home” collection; consisting of personified canine portraits, and, “Rare Birds” which compares the rarity of strong, iconic female artists in society to that of colourful native birds.

Britty Em is an Australian International selling artist, who works mainly in large scale acrylic paintings. Charming audiences with her colourful and playful portraits of iconic women, and everyday objects dressed up in opulent patterns and symbolism, the work takes audiences on a journey through the seemingly familiar, yet extraordinary. Britty Em integrates both concept and colour to create crisp clean work that infuses elements of graphic design, pop culture and fashion. Her works clearly demonstrate influences from her formal education in both Fine Art and Architectural studies, presenting structure and balance.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Working with acrylic on canvas, I paint the ordinary in an extraordinary setting. I find it artistically liberating to bring out the whimsical in everyday objects, enticing the viewer to reflect on the unassuming yet charming environment around them. My most recent work leans towards the concepts of escapism and consumerism that we as a society are led to believe is always an increasing goal, and that our happiness fundamentally depends on obtaining material possessions. In moments of hardship we tend to be overindulgent in an attempt to satisfy our insatiable urges, seeking solace in sugary treats and designer goods. Birds are a totem throughout the work as a creature that is often lured by shiny objects, not unlike human beings, which begs the question “Is this act of consumerism really that unnatural?”

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Honours) – Queensland University Of Technology
Bachelor of Fine Art – Griffith University
Certificate III Interior Decoration – Commercial Arts Training College
Advanced Certificate in Painting 2 – AICA, Gold Coast

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019 Threesome International Group Show, 19 Karen Gallery, Mermaid Beach QLD, AUS
2009 MEDIAMORPHOSIS, Group Exhibition, Gold Coast Art Centre QLD
2008 A Class Act, Group Exhibition,  Dansey Gallery QLD
2006 Baring All, Solo Exhibition, Doggett Street Studio QLD
2005 Adaptations in the Nude, Solo Exhibition, Oriel Gallery QLD
2004 Red Shoes, Solo Exhibition, Gold Coast Art Centre QLD

AWARDS

2010 2nd Place – International Climate Responsive Architectural Design Competition
2012 Winner – GHD Architecture Excellence Award
2005 Winner – Overall Best Artist – Gold Coast Show Art Competition
2004 Winner – The National Twin Towns Youth Art Prize

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