Honored to be selected for Marcus Leatherdale's OMEN Magazine No. 16 alongside some of my favorite artists and people.

Ohlin/D: Contemporary Artist Collaboration Fall/Winter 2015

"The theme of the collection is 'Rumspringa' which is an old Amish right of passage, wherein the adolescents in the Amish community are able to leavefor a certain period of time and then decide whether or not they want to returnto the community and be baptized or leave it permanently.  The collection is very Amish inspired but has a lot of 70s flash. Barrett's colorful prints are representative of this time of rebellious self exploration".

All prints by Savanna Barrett for Ohlin/D 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Sept 4, 2014 / New York City


OPENING THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 from 6pm - 8pm

Announcing Savanna Barrett: The Dark Flowers, the first exhibition by the artist of twenty medium and large-scale oil paintings opening at The Highline Loft, West Chelsea Arts Building.

The Highline Loft

508 W. 26th Street, Fifth Floor, New York City by September 22, 2014

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Informed by Barrett’s studies and reflections over a six year period in Europe, Asia, and the United States, the exhibition includes twenty medium and large-format paintings often depicting abstract landscapes formed by intricately layered oil paint treated like clay. “The history of figure painting has generally been a story of the body, the nude, the portrait. The history of landscape painting has been one of the disappearance of the figure and erasing the presence of indigenous dwelling. In my work, I attempt to bring the trace of the figure into landscape, yet in a striking and visceral way,” said Barrett.

Barrett’s technique is an experimental process. “Oil paint has the characteristics of human skin, lending itself to be layered, scratched, and peeled. The wet undermost layer, the more viscous layer in the middle that’s semi-dry, and the outermost layer, which is dry to the touch but malleable. It can be wrinkled, crumpled, scraped into shapes that are three dimensional, ripped to reveal the colors underneath, and even massaged into a texture that looks like elephant hide. These attributes lend themselves to create new meaning during the process.”

In less than two years, Barrett has completed over twenty canvases including Mentor, Mentor II and Mentor III, Mothers’ Toll, and Those Who Roamed the Earth. In 2013, Mentor was selected from over 700 entries by the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland, and exhibited as part of their contemporary art collection.

Mentor, a large scale 8’ x 10’ painting, represents not only a reflection of classical oil painting lighting technique, but also combines elements of abstraction into transcendent humanistic themes. “The painting is of a Cairn, a man-made stack of stones, reflecting on the human desire to leave evidence in their environment, just as my work documents the traces of its own evolution.”

From Bozeman, Montana and part of a family of artists, Barrett went on to study at Seattle Pacific University where she trained as a concert violinist, Palazzo Rucellai in Florence, Italy, and the Visual & Critical Studies Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. While studying in Italy, as a way to finance her art, she began modeling and worked with Valentino, Gucci, and Giambattista Valli, among other fashion companies.

The exhibition is presented at The Highline Loft, courtesy of Gloria Naftali, who remarked, “Savanna’s work has developed to the stage where it clearly needs more visibility and careful placement.”

The exhibition is organized by Christopher Romero, a noted Creative Director and Filmmaker. “Savanna’s work reinterprets what was once lost into newly found objects and representation. It immediately touches people with its combined subtlety and urgency.”

The exhibition will be open to the public from September 26-30 from 10am–4pm.

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Art at Tellstrasse: 

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

On 20 November 2013, the painting by the artist Savanna Barrett entitled “Mentor” was inaugurated. The painting  launches the exhibition series “Art@Tell” at the HSG location in Tellstrasse 2 near the railway station.

"In the 2013 painting “Mentor “ by Savanna Barrett, the paint as picture material and the colours as conveyors of expression fuse into a unit. Layer by layer, the powerful paintwork occupies the entire canvas. Through the application of paint and the strong, rough brushstrokes, the painting acquires volume and has a three-dimensional and immediate effect. The deep colours emerging from the canvas, the light reflexes and the subtle play of shades generate an atmospherically dense image space.

Blurred contours provide an impression of stones placed one on top of the other. Thus the painting, which is situated between figurative and abstract art, invites onlookers to an associative game: the structure of stones on top of each other may be interpreted as a landmark for the educational journey undertaken by the students who come here and then leave again".


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