Melbourne born, Gippsland based author and visual artist specialising in urban landscapes, street scenes and rock ‘n’ roll portraits.
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I began studying visual art in 2006 and obtained my Certificate 1V in Visual Arts and Diploma of Art. Since then I have held a number of solo exhibitions and have shown my work in Melbourne, Gippsland and interstate. My work has been purchased by clients in Europe and the USA and I have been shortlisted for several major art prizes throughout Australia including the Fleurieu Art Prize in South Australia, the Hornsby Art Prize in NSW and the Flanagan Art Prize in Victoria. In 2015 and 2016 I was selected as a finalist in the CityScapes competition in Florida, USA.
I was born in Oakleigh and am now based in Gippsland where I work from my home studio. I enjoy travelling to the city to observe the ever-changing urban landscape which inspires my work. My current body of work is focused on buildings and street scenes in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs; I am best known for my renditions of railway stations, dilapidated buildings, pubs, shopfronts and other structures and my objective is to capture the feel of a particular place and give the viewer an insight into that space, revealing the textures, colours and often hidden beauty. I am also very passionate about the local music scene which is a recurring theme throughout my work. I work primarily as a painter, but I also enjoy digital art and photography. My preferred medium is acrylic, but I also incorporate charcoal, pastel, collage and oils into my work.
In 2017 I collaborated with Kim Volkman to edit and publish his autobiography, “The Devil Won’t Take Charity” and in 2019, we collaborated again to publish Kim’s second book, “For Those That Dance With The Skeleton – A Book of Short Stories”.
In 2019 I wrote and self-published my own book, “Blues Portrait – A profile of the Australian Blues scene” which was launched at The Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy on 10th November, 2019. I am currently working on Volume 2 which is due for release in 2021.
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© Pauline Bailey 2020