Biography

Britt Conley and Harald Malmgren at Britt's opening reception. Photo by Forrest MacCormack
Britt Conley and her father, Harald Malmgren at Britt’s opening reception. Photo by Forrest MacCormack

Britt Conley is a visual soundscape artist who has synesthesia.  She paints the draws music, its physics, sound shapes, concepts based on musicality and personifications of composers works, among other aspects of the musical experience.  Each year she works with different media or vocabulary to explore music in a new way.

She began her drawing tutelage at an early age from her artist grandfather while her mother taught her about sound shapes, pianists and composers.  All the while, she concerned herself with the color and touch of these sounds.   Her world has always been directed toward all music, but especially classical music.  By the age of five she came across her first drum set and embraced it. By the1980’s, she began her first career as the drummer for a Washington D.C. based band at the age of 15.  By day she managed her academic and art education in high school and college, while by night, performing in D.C.s club scene.  During this time her love of art and expression was delved into through her education and personal studies.

She holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from George Washington University, where she conceptrated in Painting with a minor in Art History, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Georgetown University, where she studied Philosphy of Art, Art History and researched Neuro-Aesthetics, a  certificate in Art History: History of Color from the University of Cambridge, UK Summer Program, and an Associates in Photography from Northern Virginia Community College.

Her professional  life has included a long career in photojournalism beginning in London at News International in 1993, where interned for the Times learning graphics, digital imaging, photography,  photo editing and photojournalism on the whole.  During her nearly 15 years at USA Today working in photography, photo-editing, digital imaging and on the Life picture desk and at Baseball Weekly, she still followed her education in art.   Currently she works with students and faculty in the Music and Fine Arts Departments at Northern Virginia Community College and within her art career at the Workhouse Arts Center, in building 10, where her studio resides.  227071_1008214691452_7020_n

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A visual soundscape artist: painter of music