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I was in touch with an old friend, asking about the arts scene in Bayonne, NJ. She mentioned a friend of hers who does “bar napkin art.” To be honest, I hadn’t thought of that as a regular category of art before, but once I found her friend’s work online, it opened my eyes to something new.
The artist’s name is Kevin Delaney, and he has an interesting story. He used to work on Wall Street, but after the attacks of 9/11, he realized that a long-sublimated interest in making art was something that made him happy and was something he wanted to do more often. But he took it one step further, and transformed his work life from Wall Street to being a fulltime freelance artist since then.
Here’s a pair of his creations: below left, a depiction of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, and below right, a piece titled “Goodbye to Brooklyn.” To learn more about the bar napkin art of Kevin Delaney, check out his website here.