“In any space or on any canvas, I try to represent the people, things, and places around me in a colorful, bright, and vibrant way. As a young black woman, I understand that representation in media/ the arts is crucial. A lot of my work is centered around or made for minority individuals and minority owned businesses. I would classify my work as contemporary, as I am heavily influenced by the 20th and 21st century contemporary art greats including, KAWS, Takashi Murakami, Jean-Michel Basquiat, to name a few. The use of color in ways some may shy away from draws me in. I have a background in traditional canvas portraits, as well as graphic design, and animation. In the last 2 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to create large scale
pieces for public schools, and government buildings. My main goal is to not only beautify, but also to unify and connect people to the spaces I’m working in. Creating spaces where anyone whether they are native to the location or not, will feel welcomed, included, and seen.
Originally from Washington DC, I graduated from Norfolk State University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science, with a concentration in Business. Though I always had the talent, it wasn’t until grad school that I began taking my art career seriously, specifically in the area of public art.” Britney Renee Gatewood