ILSA BRITTAIN

ILSA BRITTAIN

MA Fine Art, New York Academy of Art
Figurative Painting and Drawing

I find people that interest me, in situations that spark a line of thought. It’s usually an inconsequential detail that, if considered to be absolutely consequential, allows an expression of so much more. It may be a coat that is open in an awkward way, or a scarf that is overly bulky. Or it may be I am inspired to use a certain technique to paint the person and place the meaning there.

I use a range of painting techniques, mostly in oil, to create different surfaces and effects. In the same way that we receive information in an array of formats - emotional, physical, personal, practical, etc., and decide which is the most pertinent at the time for our needs, the different parts of my paintings jostle for attention in different ways - for instance, a graphic contrast that punches out or else an intricate detail that draws you in. It is the harmonious co-existence of these different strategies for attention that interests me.

My work has a lot to do with human relationships with an external world, how each person organises their experiences in a certain way and how perception is subjective.