John Brady’s recent work is grounded in a commitment to seeing and encountering people and places in fresh, unmediated ways. In 2012/13, Brady took a year out from his art lecturing job to travel around the world and to draw. He posted 22 sketchbooks back to his home in Galway over the course of the year. For Brady, drawing becomes a social instrument as much as a graphic one; it provides a medium through which he ‘talks’ with people as he travels and a means of taking bearings in changing geographies. Brady’s work is positioned in a sly confrontation with the artist’s ‘grand tour’ of the nineteenth century and with contemporary problems of tourism and art as global consumption. Yet in their directness and urgency, Brady’s sketchbooks embody the artist’s commitment to staying awake to and immersed in the world’s complexity.
John Brady is a native of Westport, County Mayo. His paintings and sculptures are held in private and public collections worldwide. He is Lecturer in Fine Art at the Centre for Media and Fine Arts at GMIT in Galway and GMIT, Castlebar, where he founded the part-time course in painting and drawing. Brady holds an MA in Fine Art (Distinction) from Winchester School of Art in Barcelona.