Julian Bailey


One of Sladers Yard’s most popular painters, the well established artist Julian Bailey’s  oil paintings and smaller drawings in conté and pastel have sold all over the world and been exhibited successfully in numerous solo shows in Cork Street and at Sladers Yard. His most recent show, At the Waterfront including Julian Bailey’s oils, gouaches and pastel drawings can be viewed below. Unsold paintings not in stock here may still be available please do get in touch if you would like to enquire about them.

‘Whole, true to themselves, emotionally rich and seemingly spontaneous…

‘Bailey’s paintings belong to a world of which he is himself very much a part. His art has the power to strike a rich chord; the ability to evoke the full choreography of life in all its timbre and cadence, light and joy.

‘This is a deeply engaged and deeply engaging painter who has achieved what he set out achieve, namely a truly viable language in paint.’

Extracts from Vivienne Light FRSA’s foreword to the catalogue for this exhibition.

Julian Bailey  1. The Pinnacles_with cormorants in flight oil on board  42 x 45in 107 x 114.5cm  SOLD

At the Waterfront (2015) was Julian Bailey’s third major exhibition at Sladers Yard. His first solo show here was in 2009, followed by a second in 2012 when the grey skies and earth colours of the English countryside began to play a more prominent part in the composition and mood of his paintings adding subtlety and nuance to joyful nature of his work.

Julian Bailey  2. Two Yachts off Ringstead  oil on board  42 x 45in 107 x 114.5cm  £16000He works in oils on board, enjoying the resistance of the hard surface.  ‘I have a fairly wide range of colours, but try to limit my palette as much as possible in one painting.  I try to keep the colours fresh and clean, using clearly visible brush strokes which define the objects.  I want the finished paintings to look spontaneous with everything in the right place, even if it has taken a lot of time with many changes and repainting.’  The results look remarkably effortless and spontaneous. His figures seem simple, yet are full of attitude, while his landscapes reach for the anatomy of the countryside to find just as much character and form as there is in his figures. Whatever they may be, the elements of his paintings give the sense of being in that place at that moment, just when everything comes together to make something remarkable.

Julian Bailey in StudioJulian Bailey lives with his family near Dorchester. Born in 1963, he had his first successful exhibition at Malvern Public Library when he was still at school.  He studied art at the Ruskin School while attending New College, Oxford and then went on to the Royal Academy Schools where he was awarded the Turner Gold Medal and later the Landseer Scholarship.  He had his first one-man show in London in 1991 and has exhibited regularly since, joining Browse & Darby in Cork Street in 1999 as their youngest artist. He and his family moved to Dorset in 1998 when Julian began to paint landscapes, particularly the Dorset coast. In 2011 he was elected to join the New English Art Club and awarded the David Messum Prize. He also won the Manya Igel prize that year. His work is in numerous collections including HRH The Prince of Wales, New College Oxford, Pembroke College Oxford, Reed Executive, Old Mutual Assurance, Daiwa Bank, SG Warburg and more.

The paintings in Julian Bailey’s most recent show, At the Waterfront, 2015, are displayed below in batches.  The first group are all available to view and buy if you let us know. Other unsold paintings may be available. To see the whole show please scroll down to the next two batches.Hover your mouse over a picture to see title and details or click on an image and see the whole show enlarged with captions.  Please phone 01308 459511 or email  gallery@sladersyard.co.uk  if you are interested in buying a painting or drawing by Julian Bailey.


At the Waterfront  Julian Bailey  Oils on board, framed

At the Waterfront works on paper, framed

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