Julian Bailey

 

“Good figurative art lights corners of our experience that we are only dimly conscious of, and the corner Bailey’s art illuminates is the place where our personal spaces overlap. He observes the sequences in life’s unchoreographed ballet performed wherever human beings gather. With his eye and arm, Bailey translates these familiar movements into bold configurations of brushstrokes and colour that, when they connect, make us see life anew. “The difficulty,” he says, “is trying to do it with simplicity”. The reward is our recognition when he does.” Laura Gascoigne, visual arts critic for The Spectator magazine Art in London magazine, autumn 2008

 

Girls Meeting Up
gouache and conté pencil on paper
15 x 16cm

 

 

The Angelsea Arms

gouache and etching
12 x 17cm

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Youths on the Beach, North Cornwall
gouache on paper
12 x 16cm

 

Laying Lobster Pots
gouache on paper
13 x 15cm

 

 

Girls Meeting for Coffee
etching
16 x 17cm

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Audition, South Bank
etching with gouache
15 x 16cm

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The Ferryboat, Dittisham

dry-point etching, edition 3/12

15 x 20cm

 

 

Crabbing, Kimmeridge, Dorset gouache and oil pastel on paper

22 x 15cm

 

 

Regatta Day, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

oil pastel on paper, 11.5 x 15cm

 

 

Students Gathered, Bath

oil pastel on paper

16 x 15cm

 

A Meeting Over Coffee

gouache on paper

18 x 13cm

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DKNY, Bond St

gouache

18 x 14cm

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Figures from a Yacht, Hava (Croatia)

gouache

14 x 20cm

 

 

Friends Going Out, South Kensington

etching and hand-coloured gouache

16 x 17cm

 

 

The Smokers' Table, Chelsea Arts Club

gouache

14 x 15cm

 

 

The Prince Albert, London

gouache

12 x 14cm

 

Figures by an Open Brazier, The Turf Tavern, Oxford

gouache

15 x 15cm

 

Passing the Shop Window

oil on canvas

56 x 61cm

Exhibition Notes

gouache & charcoal

22 x 14cm

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Audition

etching, ed. 1/12

15 x 17cm

 

 

Julian Bailey, who trained at Ruskin School of Art and Royal Academy Schools, shows paintings alongside our illustration exhibition 'Fashion Show'. Having spent time painting figures during London Fashion week, this selection of paintings has a focus on London’s fashionistas around Bond Street and Chelsea. These are observed with a quick and boldly coloured approach in a loose, abstract style.  

Julian Bailey's awards include the Turner Gold Medal (1986), Landseer Scholarship (1999), Hunting Art Prize finalist (2004), David Messum Prize (2011) and he became an elected member of the New English Art Club in 2011. His works are in the collections of HRH The Prince of Wales, The National Trust, New College Oxford, Pembroke College Oxford, Daiwa Bank, among many other corporate and private collections. Julian Bailey regularly shows his work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, as well as holding solo exhibitions in London, Australia and the United States of America.

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