Artist Statement

Julian Bailey’s recent work focuses on the contemporary figure, exploring the meeting up of grouped people in bar and café society. Painted with characteristically long limbs and angular torsos Julian’s economic use of paint brings out the essential relationships of youthful figures. He also enjoys painting figures, coastal landscapes and still life in his favourite haunts in Corfu and all over the West Country.

Method of Working

Julian works mainly in oil and gouache. He also makes smaller studies on his trips to London, Bath and the West Country with his conte pencils. On returning to the studio he will work these drawings up with gouache into smaller paintings. Some of these images Julian will turn into oil paintings in his studio. Julian has been painting almost every day for about thirty years now, and has developed a very concise style, characterised by his ‘drawing in paint’ approach. This leads to very clean and clear colour, painted with considerable impasto, but separated by scraped back patches. The scraping back allows each mark to ‘stand alone’ and the colour to sing out.



Biographical Details

1999 Moved to Stinsford, near Dorchester, in Dorset with his wife Sophie, the ceramicist, and their four children
1990s Frequently visited Corfu and Ionian Islands to paint
1986 Moved to London for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools; Painted Notting Hill and Portobello series of works
1981 Studied with Patrick Hamilton in Florence, before going to Oxford University and the Ruskin School of Art

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

2011 David Messum Prize, New English Art Club
2011 Manya Igel Prize
1988 Landseer Scholarship
1986 Turner Gold medal (RA Schools)
1984 Egerton Coghill Landscape prize (Oxford University)

Past Exhibitions

1999-2016 Six one-man shows at Browse and Darby, London
2014 One-man show at Sladers Yard, Dorset
2008 The Russell Gallery, London
1991-2000 Four one-man shows at New Grafton Gallery, London
1980 First one-man show, Great Malvern