SHOWCASE.......Keeping Chickens by Angela Brittain
Each week curators pick their favorite piece, helping you to discover fresh, artistic talent.
Angela Brittain — Keeping Chickens
Brittain’s paintings are graphic in nature; often featuring strong, arching lines that denote the movement of a hand or bird. She uses cubist techniques and describes her work as “narrative, figurative expressionism,” and despite being very compositionally balanced, there always tends to be something slightly unexpected about her paintings. For example, Keeping Chickens features orderly planes of orange and yellow, with geometric shapes denoting the movement of chickens, but in the background the house seems off-kilter, and the figure’s hair is sticking straight up. Brittain weaves a narrative into her scenes by inserting unexpected details into the landscape, and she has a way of making orderly, domestic scenes seem surprising.