(b. 1962, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Beezy Bailey is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice includes painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking and ceramics.
He studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art, in London (1983-86). Over a thirty-five-year career, he has exhibited in South Africa and internationally. In 2011 he had a solo exhibition at the Chenshia Museum in Wuhan, China; and in 2015 he was part of the official programme at the Venice Biennale. He has a history of close collaboration with other artists, most notably David Bowie, Brian Eno and Dave Matthews.
Bailey’s work is represented in important art collections around the world, including the David Bowie Collection, the Getty Family Collection and the Oppenheimer Collection. His work is also in the permanent collections of Sasol, Standard Bank, Investec Bank, the Kunsthaus Zurich, and the South African National Gallery.
Light Beyond the Dark, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, London
Summer Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, London
People and Portraiture, CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town
Inaugural Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, London
1000 Year Dance Cure, inaugural exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town
Winter Collection, group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
The Sound of Creation, Sound Paintings by Beezy Bailey and Brian Eno, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Landscapes with a Twist, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Itica Pritica, two-man exhibition with Dave Mathews, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
As it is in Heaven, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Itica Pritica, two-man exhibition with Dave Matthews, Robert Miller Gallery, New York
As it is in Heaven, solo exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg
Winter Exhibition, group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
10,000 Trees Landscape, greening project for the Cape Flats, Cape Town
Icon-Iconoclast, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Fifteenth Anniversary, group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Dancing Christ, solo exhibition, Spring Art Tour, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Sex Power Money, group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Being Blown Backwards into the Future, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Fallen Angels & Other Dreams, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town
Collaborative work produced with Zwelethu Mthethwa was acquired by the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
A collection of forty-five paintings was acquired by the Ojai Valley Museum in California
Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa, Prague Biennale
Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg
Solo exhibition, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna
Brian Eno and Joyce Ntobe project (collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa)
Curated the Art for Aids Orphans auction, November 2002
Photographic collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa
Vanessa Branson commission: statues and a mural in the UK
Ongoing exhibition of graphic works and watercolours at the Art Factory, Cape Town
Back to the Drawing Board, Pa Kua Gallery, Cape Town. Solo exhibition of ink-on-paper life drawings with live drawing performance on the opening night.
Abakwetha – Farmer, Warrior, Statesman. Intervention, Parliament, Cape Town. Part of a public sculpture festival to commemorate Heritage Day. The bronze statue of Boer War General Louis Botha, outside Parliament, was transformed into a Xhosa initiate wearing a traditional blanket and hat, with his face painted with white clay. The statue’s transformation received extensive international press and TV coverage.
Ju-ju and the Blue Zulu, performance at Red Eye, Durban Art Gallery. Bailey appeared at the pop-culture event Red Eye as Flying Man San and – naked but for a coat of blue paint, wings, goggles and a propeller hat – painted a self-portrait using an ultra-long brush.
Learning to Fly Again, Art Factory, Cape Town, solo exhibition of prints and paintings on the theme of a fantastical flying contraption, depicting Flying Man San’s attempts to touch the sky.
Lee Ping Zing, performance at Womad Music Festival, Benoni
Solo exhibition, Art Factory, Cape Town, an exhibition of ceramics and hand-coloured prints produced at the Art Factory.
Fabric of the People, Art Factory, Cape Town. Choreographed by South African director Brett Bailey, this open-air theatre event showcased fabric, clothing and homeware designed by Bailey for the Art Factory, using untrained models and actors, including street people.
Beezy Bailey Art Factory opening, Cape Town. The Art Factory was a project aimed at closing the gap between fine art and popular culture. Bailey collaborated with Koos Malgas of the Owl House on the design of the building’s facade. The Factory included ceramics and printmaking studios, an art gallery, and a shop that sold printed fabrics and homeware.
Group exhibition, Augsburg: exhibition by five South African artists – Beezy Bailey, Gail Catlin, Paul du Toit, Xolile Mtakatya and Robert Slingsby.
Driftscapes, Hänel Gallery, Cape Town, solo exhibition of mixed media works incorporating found objects, driftwood and plywood constructions, and coastal landscape paintings.
District Six Sculpture Festival, District Six, Cape Town. An outdoor group exhibition in commemoration of communities forcibly removed from their homes in District Six during apartheid. Bailey’s contribution was to paint the trunk of a dead tree a blazing, fluorescent red.
‘A highly effective and affecting symbol for the day’ – Sue Williamson, ArtThrob, October 1997
Through the Looking Glass, Jibby Beane Gallery, London. Lee Ping Zing paintings were included in a group exhibition of works projected onto the exterior of the gallery, alongside contributions from David Bowie, Brian Eno and Langlands & Bell.
Beezy Bailey/Joyce Ntobe, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. An exhibition of paintings and chainsaw-carved wooden heads, alongside conceptual works by Bailey’s alter ego, the black domestic worker Joyce Ntobe.
Collaboration with David Bowie, London and New York. Paintings and drawings created with David Bowie were exhibited in joint exhibitions in London and New York; collaborative works were also included in David Bowie’s solo exhibitions at The Gallery in Cork Street, London, in April 1995 and at the Daniel Blaise Thorens Gallery, Basel, in May 1996.
Exquisite Corpses, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town, a solo exhibition of etchings produced in collaboration with various South African artists, including Norman Catherine, Barend de Wet and Billy Mandindi.
Vote for South Africa, South African Association of Arts Performance work to mark the first democratic elections in South Africa.
Touring print exhibition, Florida State University: prints by Bailey and his alter ego, the black domestic worker Joyce Ntobe, were included in a group exhibition of prints that toured three American states.
Two Collaborations, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town. Bailey exhibited concrete sculptures made in collaboration with Koos Malgas (assistant to Helen Martins at the Owl House sculpture garden in the Karoo) and painted photographs in collaboration with Adam Letch.
The Incisive Eye, group exhibition, Arts Association of Bellville, Cape Town
The Cape of Great Hope, group exhibition, Visual Arts Foundation, Johannesburg
Made in Wood, group exhibition, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Landscapes, exhibition with two artists at The Art Scene, Cape Town
Joyce Ntobe/Beezy Bailey, Market Galleries, Johannesburg. ‘Group exhibition’ in which Bailey exhibited linocuts and sculptures by Joyce Ntobe, and works based on material from the Drum/Bailey African Photo Archives.
Joyce Ntobe/Beezy Bailey: South African Association of Arts, Cape Town
New Directions, group exhibition of sculpture, Centre for African Studies and Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town
Solo exhibition, Gallery on the Market, Johannesburg
Solo exhibition, Desré Resnick Art Gallery, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town
Artist in residence, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Solo exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
Solo exhibition, Cadres d’Ésprit, Cape Town
Harbour Paintings, solo exhibition, The Art Scene, Cape Town
Dove of Peace, solo exhibition, The Art Scene, Cape Town
Cape Town Triennial, national touring group exhibition and competition, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, and Johannesburg Art Gallery
Introducing Beezy Bailey, solo exhibition, Vanessa Devereux Gallery, London
Live Painting Performance, 5 Roodehek Street, Cape Town
Landscapes from France and Namibia, exhibition with two other artists, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
Standard Bank Drawing Exhibition, group exhibition, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Gallery 47, London
Solo exhibition, Gallery International, Cape Town
First South African exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
First solo exhibition, Art Show Gallery, London
International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London