"Park Series III"

Barbara Britts

About the Artwork

Artist / Title / Date

Barbara Britts, Park Series III, 1995.

Artwork Details

This painting was acquired from the 1995 Renton Annual Arts Show and is part of a series of acrylic paintings by Britts entitled "Park Series." Other works in this series show other recreational uses of parks painted in different color palettes. The flash of red in the middle of this canvas stands out against the greenery of the rest of the park. Britts chose to paint the three human figures in unnatural proportions, with elongated bodies and small, featureless heads. The patchwork composition of the ground mirrors the patchy leaves of the trees behind, creating the impression of dappled summer sunshine.

People often retreat to nature as a way of escaping the fast pace of city life and restoring themselves in a different environment. Parks in urban environments provide a taste of wilderness amongst the order of civilization, allowing city dwellers to reconnect with natural rather than manmade systems of order. As we see in Britts's painting, however, the trappings of modern society are unavoidable, shown here in the form of a bicycle, clothing, and a plastic bag. Where do you go to get away when you need a change of pace?

Additional Information

Artist Biography

Barbara Britts received her education at College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, the Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts, and University of Hawaii. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the Northwest. Her work is part of the permanent collections of cities, banks, Sheraton Hotels, Hyatt Regency Hotels, and many other venues throughout the Northwest and Hawaii.

Artist Statement

"Painting is a process of suggesting information and communications by means of shape, line, color, and value on a surface. I relate to them intuitively and emotionally. The viewer may complete forms, lose edges, change shapes, enliven or subdue colors. They bring their experience and recognition to each painting." -- From 'Women Painters of Washington' artist statement