Melbourne born, Gippsland based author and visual artist specialising in urban landscapes, street scenes and rock ‘n’ roll portraits.
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I was born in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh and currently live in rural Gippsland where I work from the peaceful surrounds of my home studio. I have been a practising artist for the past twelve years working across a variety of media. I have held a number of solo exhibitions and exhibited locally in Gippsland, Melbourne, and interstate. My work has been purchased by clients in Australia, Europe and the U.S. 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.
My inspiration is predominantly sourced from Melbourne pubs and live music venues, laneways, disused buildings, cafes and railway stations. My passion for the Melbourne music scene is often reflected throughout my work along with my love of the urban environment.
In 2017 I collaborated with Melbourne musician Kim Volkman to edit and publish Kim’s 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 first book, “Blues Portrait – A Profile of the Australian Blues Scene” which was launched at The Rainbow Hotel. Volumes 2 and 3 are due for release in late October, 2021.
© Pauline Bailey