Art at Ashman

Paul Briskey Art at Ashman

"I say paint what you love, and I paint Madison."

Enjoy the whimsical, spontaneous, and impressionistic works of local artist Paul Briskey. His exhibit Madison Around Town, features original watercolor art of some of the best spots in the city.

His work will be on display at Alicia Ashman Library from September to October.

About Paul Briskey

Paul Briskey was born in Madison, WI, but lived in southern New Jersey through middle school. He was inspired early on when the Philadelphia Museum of Art selected one of his paintings for the cover of their brochure. His family moved to Oregon in 1979.

At the age of 17, between his junior and senior year of high school, he and a friend rode their bicycles from Corvallis, OR to Washington DC - over 4,200 miles in 65 days. The objectives were to see the USA firsthand, grow artistically while experiencing the country’s topography and beauty, and to expand his appreciation of nature.

Briskey continued to travel and experience the world, working in the Vietnamese Refugee Camp Programs in Thailand while in college and later joining his parents where they were living in Kuwait. He worked continuously throughout this time, producing oil-based paintings of Kuwait landscapes, architecture, and multi-mixed colors of sea, sun, and sand. Briskey's shows were sponsored by the American Embassy in Kuwait, six industrial companies, the Kuwait Ministry of Information, and the Kuwait National Council on Art and Literature. His continued travels in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle-East greatly influenced his artistic outlook.

After moving back to the United States, he eventually relocated back to his roots in the Madison area where he has set up a home, studio and personal gallery. Briskey holds a B.S. Degree in Fine Art from UW-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Education from Monmouth University.

You can see the exhibit Madison Around Town at Alicia Ashman Library from September to October.