The Hampton Classic Artist: Brittany Brett

The Hampton Classic Horse Show has selected Brittany Brett of Manhattan as its 2012 poster artist. The Classic’s iconic posters have illustrated equestrian scenes from the Bridgehampton show grounds for decades, and Brett has been selected to continue that tradition with a poster she created especially for this year’s Hampton Classic.

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Brett currently resides in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Brett is highly influenced by both history and progressive ideas. Her photography concentrates on documenting current events while she advances her painting techniques by creating innovative bodies of work. Each day, Brett strives to “enrich humanity with the power of art to create dynamic change.”

Brett describes this year’s poster ‘Quintessence’ as a homage to the juxtaposition of classic and contemporary; history and progress of art and riding. The classical technique of the painting reflects the discipline of English riding, while its composition references the advance of the modern equestrian. The attention to detail in the poster reflects the diligence and perseverance of the quintessential horse and rider.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share my work with a passionate group of equestrians and spectators. It’s an honor to be a part of such a historical event,” said Brett.

Brett is an artist with an inner drive. She is committed to documenting the causes and effects in life: the willed and the involuntary. Whether it is a photograph or painting, her work is imbued with raw and unrestricted emotion. Her own psychoanalysis often becomes center stage. For over a decade, Brett has focused on equine paintings. Through her signature use of oils and knowledge of both anatomy and horsemanship, she continuously captures the essence of the horse.

Brett was born in 1986 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. In 2008, she graduated from the The Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography and Painting. Brett also competed on the SCAD Intercollegiate Varsity Equestrian Team for four consecutive years.

Her work has been shown in galleries in Florida, Georgia, New York, the Hamptons and in France as a part of an international exhibition. Oil paintings have been featured in SCAD equine studies brochures, Hamptons Magazine, the cover of Dan’s Papers and as an invitation for The Palm Beach Easter Seals Kentucky Derby Day Party. In 2011, Brett was commissioned to design the official ‘TurtleFest’ poster for The Loggerhead Marinelife Center, which is located in Juno Beach, Fla.

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