“Painting is my way of taking the indefinable pieces of life and making them into a meaningful, integrated whole, forever living on the surface of the canvas.
I consider my work emotional abstract. Each collection represents the changing of families, the power of a generation of people, and the void left when a generation is gone. Using the well-worn brushes of my mother’s and my late grandmother’s, I find fulfillment in each stroke, carrying on a legacy of appreciation for the visual form. Each piece brings me closer to understanding the depth of relationships and the intricacy of family.” – Britt Bates
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As a fifth generation artist, Britt Bates uses the well-worn brushes of her mother’s and late grandmother’s to explore the depth of relationships and the intricacy of family through her paintings. Her style is characterized by drippy washes and descriptive lines in earthy colors. Influenced by the work of William Scott and Hyunmee Lee, Bates chooses to use a limited color palette as she continues to discover the range of emotions within the shapes in her work. Bates grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and now calls Charleston, South Carolina home.