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.
Bailey completed a residency with Island Press in October of 2011 as the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Visiting Artist. During Bailey's residency, he worked to create original prints using tintype images from his personal collection, woven and overlaid with references to West African and Haitian mythology. These ambitious, large-scale, mixed media works combined inkjet, collagraphy, lithography, collage, and glitter.
Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a BFA 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.