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


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
16 x 17cm



Audition, South Bank
etching with gouache
15 x 16cm



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



DKNY, Bond St


18 x 14cm



Figures from a Yacht, Hava (Croatia)


14 x 20cm



Friends Going Out, South Kensington

etching and hand-coloured gouache

16 x 17cm



The Smokers' Table, Chelsea Arts Club


14 x 15cm



The Prince Albert, London


12 x 14cm


Figures by an Open Brazier, The Turf Tavern, Oxford


15 x 15cm


Passing the Shop Window

oil on canvas

56 x 61cm

Exhibition Notes

gouache & charcoal

22 x 14cm




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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