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Young artist finds a home in Oxford


It has been almost a year since artist Brittany Bass left Athens, a city she grew to love. But setting up shop in Oxford wasn’t such a big transition; Oxford is often considered a smaller version of the city that has become known as the poster child of music and art in the South.

Bass, who graduated in May with her bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Georgia, had visited Oxford and Mississippi before, but said that moving to Oxford was a big a change, especially considering the size of the town.

“People love artists in Oxford, (it) creates a community based on art and writing,” Bass said. “Since it is a smaller town, I don’t think it is easy to get in.” 

Bass is a Georgia native, who grew up in a suburb right outside of Savannah. She was exposed to art in kindergarten. Unlike other young minds who traded in their crayons and water colors for a baseball bat, chemistry set or drum set, Bass stuck with art, with a little encouragement at the behest of her teacher.

“My kindergarten teacher told me early on that I was going to be an artist and I really took it to heart,” Bass said. “I always knew I wanted to be in artist.”

With her sight already set, Bass took all the art classes in high school, and by the time freshman year of college rolled around, she still planned on getting an art degree from UGA. Like most students faced with impending doom of post college life, Bass did have some doubts on whether or not she wanted to be an artist.

“It was really toward the end of college, my senior year, when my professor invited me to do a gallery in Athens, and I thought, I am getting good feedback from people,” she said. “I can actually paint for a living and work on the side, not the other way around.” 

Like most parents concerned with their child’s future, Britt’s parents were a little worried at first about her pursuing art as a career.

“I was kind of both discouraged and encouraged,” she said. “I was discouraged because they didn’t want me to struggle my whole life. But my mom is the one who taught me how to paint when I was really young, and my little sister is an artist as well.” 

Bass has already been featured in one art show in Oxford – the One Night Stand Motel Art Show. Bass decided to submit her work last May while she was still in Georgia, after she met Kate Roebuck of Bowerbird, who was featured in the show, and Erin Kirkpatrick, who put on the show.

Bass has become close with Roebuck and Kirkpatrick, and will team up with the in the coming weeks to sell some of her work.

“Kate Roebuck and I are going to be selling some artwork at Double Decker at Erin’s store, Amelia,” she said. “Kate went to Georgia and I met her through some friends at the art school.”

Bass has been working on a series of rock paintings since the Motel Art Show that will be featured at Double Decker. Bass, who considers herself a painter, has worked in other mediums as well, most notably paper, after taking a course in printmaking with a professor who shared her interest in the medium. The instillation that Bass had in the Motel Art Show was paint on paper, 333 miniature paintings. 

Attention to detail is not something Bass takes lightly. She described her work as “very detail oriented.” 

“If you look closely there are more details and hidden things, I like to use lots of layers and make it colorful and really bright,” Bass said. “I like to use forms and shapes.”

With Double Decker fast approaching, and the summer and next school year just around the corner, Bass is already plotting her next transition as an artist.

“I think my whole work is pretty thematic,” she said. “But I would really love to work more in instillations but I don’t have the space to really do it. In the future I hope to make them bigger and crazier.”