Imagine being able to capture the essence and spontaneity of a moment, on canvas. Whether it is a ballet in motion or the soulful depth of Western Australia’s Karijini National Park – Pamela Brittain captures movement and emotion exquisitely.
Living in the South West of Western Australia, Pam has a wealth of experience in both her own practise and in art teaching. Having held solo exhibitions regularly over the past 15 years, with pieces adorning a private collection in San Francisco and as Artist in Residence ‘Margaret River Region’ 2000 – 2002, Pam has a wealth of knowledge and a great willingness to share it.
A natural sense for teaching is one of Pam’s many qualities – whether her students are beginning their art journey or are more experienced and still young at heart, Pam is able to translate visual information with great success. The reward for Pam is seeing students continue with their own art careers or find their lives richer having developed the skills to create their own expression and translate that freedom into other aspects of their lives.
Within her work, spontaneity and line are two of Pam’s great passions and these were brought together in one of her most challenging exhibitions. Commissioned for the ‘Dance In Motion’ series, undertaken at the WA Ballet Company studios within His Majesty’s Theatre, Pam’s gifts with spontaneity and line were showcased; she beautifully captured the graceful fluidity, power and movement of the dancers. The thirty works, comprised of stunning charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings, were exhibited in 2006 and provided an opportunity for Pam to explore her newfound love of ‘form and formlessness’. Her works were used to create the stage banner, entrance panels, cards and website for the WA Ballet Company trip to China.
“My love for spontaneous drawings challenged me to create a program for my art students, which I have now run for over 20 years, encouraging my students to be engaged, present and experience the moment for creativity to unfold.”
In addition, a strong love of colour properties and principles coupled with creative thinking led Pam to her own unique methods for using colour. After cultivating her own charts and processes for mixing and applying endless combinations of colour, Pam developed a full program for art teaching in schools, community and colleges.
Passionate about embracing change, Pam is a strong believer in learning new skills and moving forward with enthusiasm and a sense of adventure in all areas of life. Following her 2015 Italy tour and now a 2016 Northern India tour, who knows where Pam’s sense of adventure will take her next.
2012 Arthouse Gallery Bathers Beach, FREMANTLE (4 Artists)
2008 Solo Exhibition – Paintings ‘Karijini’ Series Pilbara Region – STUART STREET GALLERY, PERTH
2007 Solo Exhibition – Paintings ‘Gascoyne ‘Series Pilbara Region – STUART STREET GALLERY PERTH
2004 – 2007 Solo Exhibition West Australian Ballet – ‘Drawings in motion’ – HIGHWAY TO CHINA GALA
2003 Solo Exhibition Tydes of Time – Artitude Exhibition Royal Perth Hospital
2002 Solo Exhibition Art Studio – MARGARET RIVER
2001 Solo Exhibition Art Studio – COTTESLOE
Pamela’s work is represented in many public and private collections in Australia and Overseas.
2009 Graduate Diploma of Education, Visual Arts with Honours, EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY PERTH
1999 Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts with Honours, EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY PERTH WA
1991 Claremont School of Art, Diploma in Fine Art
1975 Byam Shaw School of Art, Kensington, UK
1975 Academia De Belli Arte, Restoration, History and Drawing Diploma, PERUGIA, ITALY