Radcliffe Bailey creates his mixed media paintings by piecing together ancestral photographs, collected objects, and painted words and maps. Unified by a painterly abstraction, rich color, formal balance, and pattern, Bailey’s dynamic wall assemblages tell a multi-layered narrative which explores the social and cultural history of African-Americans as well as Bailey’s personal history and influences.
Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Atlanta College of Art in 1991. His work is permanently installed in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in numerous permanent collections including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Image Courtesy of Matt Larson, 2009, iPhone, Camera Bag, Lomo