My painting focusses mainly on space and figure, conveying emotion and response through the use of color and light. Each one starts from a space deep inside - a feeling triggered by moment, a memory, the lyrics to a song, a passage from a favorite book. My goal is for the viewer to experience the painting and then react. It doesn't matter if you know my personal story - only that you feel one of your own.
Biography: Born to progressive parents in small town New England, Briana grew up surrounded by books and music, a television that got two channels and the acres outside her house as her first creative theater. She held a paintbrush before a pencil and spent most of her formative years covered in color splats (Her mother still has many of these early works predominately displayed throughout the house). This creative energy led her, when the time came, to apply to art schools and small liberal arts colleges where she knew she could hone her craft and study under those who would push her to her limits. Briana graduated from Brandeis University in 1997 and went on to join their post-bacc program, eager to continue her tutelage under the likes of Graham Campbell, Glenn Goldberg, Richard Reinhardt and Roger Tibbets. Instead of proceeding onto graduate school, Briana joined the more traditional workforce, moving forward with her painting at a steady pace. She is an avid fan of all things pink and popular culture - with great enthusiasm for trivia from the 70s and 80s (especially about all those TV shows she rarely got to see!). She has a bookshelf filled with Hello Kitty toys and Barbie dolls and art books that range from Warhol to Schiele. It has been one of her great dreams (long nourished by the writings of Banana Yoshimoto and Haruki Murakami and the art of Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami) to travel to Tokyo and wander amongst the Fruits, the schoolgirls and the businessmen.
Country: United States
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