William Bailey "New Paintings"

Betty Cuningham Gallery

poster for William Bailey "New Paintings"

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In the current exhibition, and new to Bailey, are two open courtyard paintings and three figure-in-landscape paintings, alongside five classic still life paintings for which he is best known. As is the case with all of Bailey’s paintings, his still-life, architecture and figure paintings are composed from his imagination, adjusting the light source and relative scale of each object, building or figure as he paints.

The courtyard paintings – a first for Bailey - share the same carefully rendered surface, soft color and quiet light of his still lifes. The figure paintings depict two imaginary women resting on a hillside, with an Umbrian landscape in the background. Although Bailey has always drawn and painted the figure, these three works are distinctively different as the figures are no longer housed in an interior but rather outdoors bathed in the shadows of daylight.

Although the still lifes in this exhibition are composed of familiar pots, candlesticks, jars and cups that inhabit so many of his paintings of the past, Bailey claims he is not and never wanted to be a ‘still-life painter’. This claim centers on the fact that Bailey, unlike traditional still life painters, does not observe prearranged objects while he paints, but rather constructs his paintings solely using images from his head.



from March 29, 2012 to May 12, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-03-29 from 18:00 to 21:00


William Bailey

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