Artists notes

Julian works mainly in oil paint and gouache.He makes small studies on his trips to London,Bath and the West Country with conte pencils. On returning to the studio he will work these drawings up by adding colour & some of these images will go on to form the basis for his larger studio work.

Julian has been painting almost everyday for about thirty years & has developed a very concise style, characterised by his ‘drawing in paint’ approach. This leads to cleanly mixed clear colour, painted with considerable impasto, but separated by scraped back areas. The scraping back allows each mark to ‘stand alone’ & the colour to sing out.

This process of building to great refinement followed by controlled destruction, & lightening speed reconstruction is repeated over the life of the painting until a resolution s finally found. Many pictures fall by the way in the process.

The themes of standing & seated figures, boats & still life have been a preoccupation for many years. Each theme is continuously revisited as new knowledge & insight is bought to bear on the subject.

Julian Bailey’s recent work focuses on the contemporary figure, exploring the meeting up of groups of people in bar & cafe society. Painted with characteristically long limbs and angular torsos Julian’s economic use of paint brings out the essential relationships of youthful figures.

This collection of work is also based on the courtyard & loggia settings
at home. These paintings centre on the relationship between handmade pottery, flowers & herbs. As with the figurative painting, colour is the primary concern, but the sculptural qualities of the form are never sacrificed to this end. The aim being to find a matching resolution of form & colour in space.



Born in Cheshire


Studied with Patrick Hamilton in Florence, before going to Oxford University and the Ruskin School of Art.


Moved to London for post graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools

1988 – 1995

Painted Notting Hill and Portobello series of works.


Met the artist Joseph Herman, whose work he greatly admired.


Moved to Stinsford near Dorchester, in Dorset with his wife Sophie and the family.

2002 – 2004

Painted Gifford Circus & Theatre studies.

2000 – 2012

Dorset Coastal paintings

2009 onwards

Visits to Falmouth, Fowey, St Ives & the West Country estuaries


Elected member of the New English Art Club


Starts to paint regularly in gouache as well as oil

2013 – 2017

Working on garden & loggia flower series

2013 – 2017

London South Bank pictures ‘Walking by water figures’

Solo Exhibitions


First one man show, Great Malvern.

1991 – 2000

Four one man shows at New Grafton Gallery, London.


The Russel Gallery, London.

1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013

Browse & Darby, London

2009, 2012, 2014

Sladers Yard, Dorset.


Browse & Darby, London.


Group Shows

2001 – 2017

Art Chicago, Browse & Darby


The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London


Hunting Art Prize finalist

2007 – 08

Dorset Visual Art Exhibition, The Study Centre, Poole


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour Bankside Gallery, London


Originals 10 Printmakers Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London


Exhibited at the 125th Anniversary Show, Mall Galleries, London

Bite Artists as Printmakers, Mall Galleries, London

Royal Academy Summer Show, London


Lynn Painter-Stainers finalist

2015 – 2017

Thomas Henry Fine Art, Nantucket, USA

2016 – 2017

Belgrave Gallery, St Ives



Egerton Coghill Landscape prize (Oxford University)


Turner Gold Medal (R.A.Schools)


Landseer Scholarship


David Messum Prize, New English Art Club

Manya Igel Prize


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