This year, Delbarton is blessed with ten artists in the Class of 2023 who shared their work at an AP Art Exhibit currently displayed in the FAC for the month of February. To give each talented young man the audience he deserves, we highlight each artist in our annual AP Artist Spotlight series.
Introducing our ninth featured artist, Joel Saxon '23.
Joel says this about his art journey in his Artist Statement:
"Starting in eighth grade, All students were required to take art. I went through the motions and did not hone any talents that I possessed. But by sophomore and junior year, I pursued art further, learning different techniques and styles of expression, leading to an increased interest in the fine arts, and specifically painting. I never thought of myself as an artist, but it was through the support of my teachers that my craft was honed and I found a medium of expression that I enjoyed - painting. The vibrant colors, smoothness of the brushstrokes, and opportunity for details captivated me."
Drawing on the fine details in religious buildings and the different architectural styles, Joel wanted to capture and highlight how he sees these buildings for his Sustained Investigation. "Being able to illustrate the strength and modernity of religious architecture and their unique specific forms, allows me to create a different perspective to the ones that most people see in their mind’s eye," he explained.
Enjoy this collection of Joel's art below. We salute him and his fellow AP Art artists for their exceptional achievements in the arts at Delbarton this year! In case you missed the full AP Art Exhibition, click here to watch AP Studio Art Teacher Mr. Dom Rodi's video showcasing each artist's full body of work.