Colin Bailey is an artist and printmaker living and working in Hastings, East Sussex after living in Rye for ten years and Kings Cross, London for fifteen years. As a painter and etcher with a love of traditional methods and techniques, and with a printmaker’s instinct for multiple images, Colin has also accepted the advance of recent technology and makes full use of digital photography, high resolution scanning and archival quality gicl?e printing. As a popular Rye artist Colin Bailey realised the wider appeal of this small picturesque area of the south east coast and set up this website as a showcase for his Rye and Kings Cross etchings. Now in Hastings, with a growing reputation as a Hastings artist he has expanded his portfolio and has produced a series of paintings which he scans and reproduces as limited edition fine art gicl?e prints, handling this whole process himself in order to maintain artistic integrity. As well as traditional views of Rye & Hastings, there is also a section of work exploring the textures and structures of Rye Bay (the East Sussex coast between Hastings and Dungeness). Ancient groynes, banks of constantly shifting shingle, fishing boats drying on the beach, and the prehistoric coast at the foot of the cliffs at Rock-a-Nore are examined in paintings with an almost abstract scale and attention to detail. Close-up and often ambiguous, these images of peeling, faded paintwork, rusting metal and cracked, bleached wood chart the results of man-made and natural structures slowly breaking up through the relentless onslaught of rain, wind, sun, sea, sand and time. Colin Bailey exhibits frequently in various venues in Rye, Hastings and East Sussex. See News for details of forthcoming shows.
Biography: Personal History 1957 Born Southend,Essex 1967-1977 Lived in Singapore, Epsom, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia 1978-1981 BA (Hons) Communication Design; North East London Polytechnic 1984-1990 Teaching Etching and Photography at the Working Men’s College, Camden 1979-1993 Living on the Hillview Estate, Kings Cross, London 1993 Moved to Rye 2005 Moved to Hastings Exhibitions 1983 Theatre Royal, Stratford East 1985 END OF THE LINE, Bloomsbury Theatre CONSEQUENCES, Vortex Gallery, Stoke Newington 1986 THINGS FALL APART, Fallen Angel, Islington Print maker’s Council 21st Birthday , Exhibition, Royal Festival Hall 1987 THE DELUGE, Fallen Angel, Islington SENSE OF FEELING, Bloomsbury Crypt, Holborn 1992 BANKSIDE OPEN, Bankside Gallery London 1993 Rye Society of Artists Summer Show, 1996 Weald of Kent Art Group, Tenterden 1998 MAKING AN IMPRESSION, Rye Art Gallery 2005 Stratton Gallery, Hasting 2006 SoCo Gallery, Hastings PATCH OF BLUE White Rock Theatre Gallery, Hastings 2007 IMPRINT Stables Theatre, Hastings Rye River Cafe, Rye Pissarro's Winebar, Hastings Various exhibitions in restaurants, wine bars, cafes, pubs, hotels etc in London and East Sussex Member of: Rye Tuesday Painters, Weald of Kent Art Group, Battle Art Group. South Coast Artists, Printmakers Council
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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