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Brittany Sims


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Brittany Sims was born in 1985 in Washington DC. She attended the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, MD and studied art and art history at Tulane University in New Orleans.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina disrupted her studies. During her unintended sabbatical from New Orleans, Brittany  further developed her artistic vision at both Fordham University in New York and John Cabot University in Rome before returning to Tulane to complete her BFA in painting in 2007.

In 2007 Brittany studied with renowned portrait artists Cedric and Joanette Egeli in Edgewater, Maryland. Working alongside the artists as an apprentice, Brittany cultivated and refined her skills in portraiture and figure articulation.

In 2008 Brittany began the MFA program at the New York Studio School focusing again on painting. After her thesis show in May 2010, Brittany won the prestigious Hohenberg Travel Grant, and spent the summer studying art in London. Her studies abroad culminated in a final show at the New York Studio School in January 2011.

In the summer of 2011, Brittany was selected as an Artist in Residence at Strathmore in Bethesda. As an Artist in residence, Brittany was featured in a gallery show alongside a select group of notable, young, up and coming artists from the Washington, DC area.

Brittany recently completed a 2 month residency as a Bresler Resident at VisArts in Rockville, MD, and is expected to have a show in the Common Ground Gallery when her new work is completed in 2013.

Additionally, Brittany has worked as a subcontractor for various Washington, DC design and finishing firms. Brittany has been involved with both high end finishings and fine art at such restaurants as Lincoln, Sax, Irish Whiskey, Capitale and Pacifico, as well as numerous private and residential projects in the DC area.

Her original paintings can be seen on public display at Capitale, Irish Whiskey, Sax, and in private collections throughout the area.

Brittany currently lives in Hyattsville, MD 

Artist Statement/Focus

I have an innate interest in the figure as a psychological and physical being in relation to others. This interest has recently manifested itself into depictions of crowds. In combining drawing, painting and sculpture to create a crowd scene, I hope to achieve a true sense of isolation among the masses. I do not make these crowds so the viewer may fit in. I want to impose the same feelings upon the viewer that a real crowd might, as well as communicate my own anxieties. Ultimately, these works explore the push and pull of a social yet egocentric and ultimately isolating culture. The natural ebb and flow of the crowds lends itself to presenting the dichotomies and contradictions in contemporary society. Like Edward Hopper and Robert Frank, I hope to capture a moment in time in America through the combination of figuration and abstraction.

E-mail b.sims22@gmail.com
Phone 301-512-6555
Web Links Website
Location Hyattsville
20781
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