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AP Art Spotlight: Paul Brady '23
Meghan Podimsky

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 of these talented young men the audience he deserves, we are highlighting each artist in our annual AP Artist Spotlight series.

Introducing our second featured artist, Paul Brady '23.

Paul says this about his art journey in his Artist Statement:

"As a nine-year-old, I was introduced to the arts by watching YouTube video tutorials on caricature drawings. I especially loved to dramatize portraits of my favorite NBA and NFL athletes. I quickly learned that not only are artists allowed to portray an image in an imaginative way, they sometimes need to in order to clearly express their vision. As I studied these tutorials and practiced repeatedly, my hobby grew into a passion. Since then, I have refined my drawing skills within Delbarton’s arts program and broadened the scope of my artwork. In eighth grade, I learned the basics of shading three-dimensional shapes, and in my sophomore year, I was exposed to an array of media including oil paint, oil pastel, printmaking, and scratchboard."

After visiting the Game Vault in Morristown, NJ, Paul was drawn to the vibrant setting of the arcade. Between the games, sounds, lighting, and arcade graphics, to his time experimenting with oil pastels in AP Studio Art, the Game Vault quickly became Paul's inspiration for his Sustained Investigation. "I have always wanted to work with a subject matter rarely portrayed in the art world, and in these arcade games from the 80s (somewhat antiquated among today’s youth due to the spread of video game consoles), I saw an opportunity to focus attention back to the glory of those machines and perhaps in my own quiet way, create future fans of the arcades," he says in his Artist Statement.

Enjoy this collection of Paul'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.