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Brad Davis

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Night Train
oil on canvas

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Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

Night Train is about the experience of solitude in a chaotic urban environment. Being a commuter myself, I find that the train serves as a meditative space to both begin and end the day.

How do you describe your work and practice?

My painting practice is one which reacts to the environment around me. I believe that through the performative act of capturing an image through paint, one can transpose the most tacit parts of daily life in a way that recontextualizes the banal for everyone else.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

I applied for the XL Catlin Art Prize because I wanted to be part of something that is relevant in the contemporary art world. As a painter working in traditional modes of representation, I feel that sometimes my voice is lost in this world even though I strive toward the zeitgeist.

What inspires your work?

My work is directly inspired by where I am in the world. Being an artist carries a responsibility to say something relevant about the present. As a resident of Philadelphia, I have found everything I need for my work just by taking a walk.

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