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BEEZY BAILEY

BIOGRAPHY

BEEZY BAILEY

(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.

Selected Exhibitions:

2018
Light Beyond the Dark, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, London

2017
Summer Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, London

People and Portraiture, CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town

2016
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

2015
The Sound of Creation, Sound Paintings by Beezy Bailey and Brian Eno, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

2014
Landscapes with a Twist, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

Itica Pritica, two-man exhibition with Dave Mathews, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2013
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

2012   
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

2011
Icon-Iconoclast, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

Fifteenth Anniversary, group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2009 
Dancing Christ
, solo exhibition, Spring Art Tour, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

Sex Power Money, group exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2008
Being Blown Backwards into the Future, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2007 
Fallen Angels & Other Dreams, solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

2006
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

2005    
Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

2004/5 
Collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa, Prague Biennale

2004  
Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg

Solo exhibition, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna

2002 
Brian Eno and Joyce Ntobe project (collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa)

Curated the Art for Aids Orphans auction, November 2002

2001
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

2000  
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.

1999 
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

1998
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.

1997 
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

1996  
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.

1995

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.

1994

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.

1993

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

1992

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

1991

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

1990

Solo exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town

1989

Artist in residence, South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Solo exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg

Solo exhibition, Cadres d’Ésprit, Cape Town

1988

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

1987

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

1986

First solo exhibition, Art Show Gallery, London

International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London