Best known for her vibrant, colorful and energetic paintings, Britt is as enigmatic as she is revered, and is considered as one of the important Norwegian artists of this century. Steeped in the early influences of abstract expressionism, she studied painting and sculpture under Ellen Christensen and Ferdinand Lunde in Oslo in the late 1950’s. Her earliest work deputed at Galerie de L’ Université in Paris in 1965 at the same time that Niki de Saint Phalle joined her onto the Paris scene. Britt participated in the Abstract Expressionist movement in Europe in the 60’s and 70’s, and is still driven these early influences.
Britt has exhibited internationally throughout her career. Her work is widely collected in both public and private collections worldwide. In 1996 Britt was awarded the St. Olav’s Order, the highest honor given to an artist, by King Haakon of Norway, for promoting Norway through her art abroad. Edvard Munch is the only other artist to have received this honor.
Britt was born in 1937 in Svolvaer, in the Northern part Norway where the saturation of light in the summer juxtaposed by the lack thereof all winter, and as the harsh weather and daunting pressure of the Second World War was endured. This emotional backdrop provided a fertile landscape for her bursting colorful and emotional work. Britt has spent the last 30 years in Egypt.
Britt’s studio is located on a barge on the exotic banks of the Nile and serves as a place of abundance–not only for the local artists and eccentrics to meet, but also for people who travel from afar to see and collect her work. Egypt’s rich and colorful environment has been a great influence in her work.