About

Established American painter William Bailey is known as a contemporary realist painter, who works in styles ranging from abstraction to realism and is best known for his still lifes. Unlike other still-life painters, Bailey composes his paintings on the canvas from his imagination, adjusting the light source and relative scale of each object as he paints.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Bailey had a youthful vocation for drawing that led him to study with Josef Albers at Yale University. There he made friends with artists such as Willem De Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

William Bailey’s work can be seen in a host of public and private collections, most notably the Smitshsonian American Art Museum, Washington; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; The Art Institute of Chicago; Stadtisches Surmondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Germany; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Phillips Collection, Washington; The New York Times, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery. His work is currently on display at the Betty Cunningham Gallery, located at 541 West 25 Street, New York, NY.

Bailey is the subject of two monographs, one by Mark Strand and the other by John Hollander and Guiliano Briganti. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship and was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Bailey has taught at Yale University and Indiana University, and later served as Dean of the Yale School of Art, where he currently teaches painting and drawing.

Exhibition

Soliloquy,1998 Soliloquy,1998
Still Life at Trovi, 1982 Still Life at Trovi, 1982

WILLIAM BAILEY was born in 1930 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA.

STUDIES

1957 MFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1955 BFA from Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1948–51 BS from University of Kansas School of Arts, Lawrence, KS

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1999 Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY
1998 Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
1998 Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
1997 Galleria d’Arte il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy
1997 University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
1996 Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY
1995 University Art Museum, State University of New York, Binghampton, NY
1995 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1994 Galleria Appiani Arte Trentadue, Milan, Italy
1994 Andre Emmerich, New York, NY
1994 Betsy Senior Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Columbus Gallery, Columbus, GA
1993 Galleria d’Arte il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy
1992 Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Donald Morris Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1989 Fairfield Artist of the Year, Center for Financial Studies, Fairfield, CT
1988 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1988 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1987 University Art Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
1987 FIAC Paris, Grand Palais, Paris, France
1987 Galleria Il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy
1986 Robert Schoelkopf, New York, NY
1985 Galleria Il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy
1984 American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy
1983 Meadows Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
1980 Galleria Il Gabbiano, Rome, Italy
1979 Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY
1979 Fendrick Gallery, Washington, DC
1978 Galerie Claude Bernard, Parigi, Italy
1976 Dart Gallery, Chicago, IL
1975 Polk Museum, Lakeland, FL
1974 Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY
1973 Galleria il Fante di Spade, Rome, Italy
1973 Galleria Dei Lanzi, Milan, Italy
1973 Galleria La Parisina, Turin, Italy
1972 Queens College, City University of New York, New York, NY
1972 Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1971 Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY
1969 Nasson College, Springvale, ME
1968 Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, NY
1967 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1963 Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington
1961 Kanegis Gallery, Boston, MA
1956 Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

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