“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
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.