Brittany James

Paintings, Murals, and Art Lessons

RECENT PAINTINGS 2019-2021

OIL PAINTINGS 2019-2021

 “Keeping it Together”

oil on canvas with needles and thread

2019

24" x 36"

$1200

A Reaction to Objectification of Women


Technology often portrays women in ways that promote common gender stereotypes. This can be seen in representations of female robots and cyborgs in movies and video games as well as the life sized sex robots that are currently on the market. These female objects are made to represent the "ideal" woman – one that is passive, silent, highly-sexualized and easily objectified. This reflects the way women are viewed in real life and only reinforces these perceptions. In reality, women are often objectified just as they are in the cyber world. In a sense, many women become robots creating a false appearance both physically as well as psychologically. Often times when everything appears to look perfect on the outside, many are just trying to keep it together on the inside. There is a fear of speaking out that comes from a long history of silencing women through violence. Many women feel they have to sensor themselves, or “keep it together”.


“Thinking With Her Heart”

oil on canvas with needles and thread

2019

24" x 30"

$1200

 A Reaction to Gender Stereotypes


I made this painting as a reaction to one of the strongest gender stereotypes in western culture that women are more emotional than men, which has lead to biased evaluations of female leaders and women in power. 


I think most women in general can relate to feeling this way at some point in their life. What is confidence in a man is often viewed at competitiveness in a woman. Leadership in a man is often seen as bossiness in a woman. Women have to walk a fine line between being too feminine or too masculine to gain respect. That being said, it’s not so easy for men either, especially those who were taught to hide their emotions and “be a man”. However, the ones who aren’t afraid to show emotions and who treat women with respect are the ones we need to speak out. Women will not be equal until men recognize the inequality and are vocal about it.


“Silent Woman”

oil on canvas

2019

11" x 15"

SOLD

A Reaction to Oppression of Women


Violence against women is often against our voices and our stories. It is a refusal of our voices and of what our voice means: the right to self-determination, to participation, to consent or dissent, to live and participate, to interpret and narrate. Author Rebecca Solnit says “If our voices are essential aspects of our humanity, to be rendered voiceless is to be dehumanized.” Powerful women have been silenced throughout history and I’m happy to be alive in a time when we are coming together and speaking out more than ever, but there is still a fear of being silenced through violence. I made this painting as a reaction to that fear. I believe that all of us have felt silenced and powerless at some point in our lives and can relate to this. 


“The Balancing Act”

oil on canvas

2019

30" x 40"

$1500

A Reaction to Gender Inequality


Society often comments on whether a woman can find a good balance between professional and personal life or whether she has to choose one out of the two. Can a woman have a career, be the breadwinner, raise a family, and be a wife at the same time? Throughout history, back to the times of hunters and gatherers, women were supposedly the ones who stayed home to cook and clean and take care of the family. This is a debatable notion, but one that is believed by many and still taught today. Now, women are choosing careers that were once considered “mens jobs”, and taking on the responsibilities of all of it. Even though some are able to manage this successfully, women are still being paid significantly less than men for doing the same job. There is also an imbalance in many homes where women are expected to do it all when it

comes to taking care of the home and family, even when their career is equally as time consuming and important as their partner’s. 


“The Looking Glass”

oil on canvas

2020

24" x 36"

$1200

A Reaction to an Imbalance of Power & Patriarchy


Virginia Woolf wrote, “Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size.” Many women are blind to the fact that they have this power and see themselves as inferior because that is what they were unknowingly taught to be. A mirror is an accurate reflection of its beholder, yet throughout history, women have served as models of inferiority who enlarge the superiority of men. Self-confidence is often attained by considering other people inferior in relation to oneself. Men often become angry and defensive if women criticize them because they depend upon women to build them up. So, when women refuse to be inferior, men lose the status of superiority on which they have always depend upon and violence often occurs as a result. 


"Don't Look Back"

(SOLD)

Oil on canvas, framed, 2020


Inspired by a Dream of Past and Future


"It Was Only A Dream"

Oil on Canvas, 2020

SOLD


Inspired by a Nightmare

"Disintegrate"

Oil on Canvas, 2020

$1000


Inspired by a combination of feelings, dreams,  the Buddhist belief  that everything in the world is interconnected, Lewis Carroll, and The Beatles


"Venus"

Oil on Canvas, 2020

30" x 40" 

SOLD


Inspired by the goddess of love and beauty, and the fire and passion within.

"Inhale/Exhale" 

Oil on Canvas, 2020

24" x 30"

$900


“We are travelers on a cosmic journey,stardust,swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share.This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

"Beautiful Little Fool" 

Oil on Canvas, 2020

 24" x 24"

$900


This painting is about conforming to the social standard of American femininity of being beautiful and simplistic. This is a portrait of "Ignorance is Bliss".  In F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Daisy says of her daughter, "I hope she’ll be a fool—that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." This refers to society in the 1920s where intelligent women were not valued, and women were expected to be subservient, docile, thoughtless, and beautiful if they wanted their life to be easy. Today, may women are choosing not to be blind and are standing up for what they believe in whether it be about  politics, religion, racism, gender identity, or sexual orientation; and it still doesn't come easily...but its better than being a fool.

"Into The Light" 

Oil on Canvas, 2020

 24" x 24"

$900


 A moth represents tremendous change and it also seeks the light. It's a reminder to trust the changes that are happening and that good things are around the corner. The moth symbolizes rebirth, transformation, resurrection, and power of regeneration.
This painting is opposite of my recent painting “Beautiful Little Fool” in which the subject is blindfolded, unaware of the dragonflies flying around her and unwilling to see what’s going on in the world. In this painting, his eyes are open. He is not afraid.

"Komorebi"

Oil on Canvas, 2020

24" x 36"

$1000


Komorebi is a Japanese term that roughly translates as the scattered light that filters through when sunlight shines through trees. It also means melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place or thing that is far away from you.

"RISE UP"

OIL ON CANVAS, 2021

30" X 48"

SOLD


As I was creating this painting, I had an image in my head of what I wanted it to look like but I didn’t know what it meant, it was just an image I couldn’t get out of my head from a drawing I made and an underwater photo I saw of some water lilies. While watching the inauguration on Wednesday I learned that the word Kamala means lotus flower in Sanskrit. It’s a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, it’s flowers rising above the surface while the roots are planted firmly in the river bottom. I thought of my painting when I heard that and finished it. I dedicate this painting to Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman, first Black American and first South Asian American to hold the office. This painting is about hope.

"WOMEN OF THE WORLD"

OIL ON CANVAS, 2021

24" X 30"

SOLD


Happy Women's History Month! 

Fact: “Poverty is sexist. There’s nowhere on earth where girls and women have the same opportunities as boys and men — but in the poorest countries, they face even more obstacles. We can’t get ahead if we leave half the population behind. Let’s break down the barriers holding girls and women back”. More info: https://www.one.org/us/issues/gender-equality/ and yes, this painting was heavily influenced by Bono and the last U2 concert I went to. I miss concerts

"Palace In My Dreams"

Oil on Canvas with gold leaf, 2021

24"x 30"

$950


Oil and gold leaf on canvas
Inspired by a combination of a magical dream I had involving elephants and that Chanel commercial where Marion Cotillard dances on the moon

"Lotus Fairy"
Oil on Panel, 2021
20" x 24"
$800

Like my painting “Rise Up”, this image represents our ability to come from a place of suffering into the light, much like the lotus flower, whose roots start in the muddy earth and rise up through the water to the light of the sun. This reminds us that we too can rise up from any difficult situation and reconnect to the light that surrounds us.

With so much negativity surrounding us I’m enjoying painting positive things for a change. This painting was recreated as a mural in Asbury Park on the corner of Cookman Ave and Bond Street May 2021.

"BitterSweet"

Oil on Canvas

36" x 40"

$2300


On display at art629 Gallery. Inspired by Sheryl Crow's "Home" song lyrics, feeling at home in nature, and a poem called "The Wild and The Tame".

"Earth Goddess"

Oil on Panel 18" x 24"

$1200


Inspired by my beautiful fairy artist friend Lauren Brown.

On display at art629 Gallery.