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Brad Davis

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Night Train
oil on canvas


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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