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:

 
2019
SUMMER, Everard Read, London, UK
Southern Aspect - A Group Exhibition, Everard Read, London, UK

2018

Light Beyond the Dark, Everard Read Gallery, London, UK

2017
Summer Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, London, UK
People and Portraiture, CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2016
Inaugural Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, London, UK
1000 Year Dance Cure, inaugural exhibition, CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Winter Collection, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

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

2014
Landscapes with a Twist, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Itica Pritica, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2013
As it is in Heaven, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Itica Pritica, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA

2012
As it is in Heaven, CIRCA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Winter Exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
10,000 Trees Landscape, greening project for the Cape Flats, Cape Town

2011
Icon-Iconoclast, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fifteenth Anniversary, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2009
Dancing Christ, Spring Art Tour, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Sex Power Money, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
Being Blown Backwards into the Future, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007
Fallen Angels & Other Dreams, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2006
Collaborative work produced with Zwelethu Mthethwa was acquired by the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

A collection of forty-five paintings was acquired by the Ojai Valley Museum in California, USA

2005
Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2004/5
Collaboration with Zwelethu Mthethwa, Prague Biennale, Czech Republic

2004
Solo exhibition, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, South Africa

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, South Africa

2000
Back to the Drawing Board, Pa Kua Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1999
Abakwetha - Farmer, Warrior, Statesman, Intervention, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa
Learning to Fly Again, Art Factory, Cape Town, South Africa
Lee Ping Zing, performance at Womad Music Festival, Benoni

1998
Solo exhibition, Art Factory, Cape Town, South Africa
Exhibition by five South African artists – Beezy Bailey, Gail Catlin, Paul du Toit, Xolile Mtakatya and Robert Slingsby, Augsburg, Germany
Driftscapes, Hänel Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1997
District Six Sculpture Festival, District Six, Cape Town, South Africa
A highly effective and affecting symbol for the day, Sue Williamson, ArtThrob, October 1997

1996
Through the Looking Glass, Jibby Beane Gallery, London, UK

1995
Beezy Bailey/Joyce Ntobe, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Collaboration with David Bowie, London and New York

1994
Exquisite Corpses, Chelsea Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Vote for South Africa, South African Association of Arts Performance, South Africa

1993
Two Collaborations, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
The Incisive Eye, Arts Association of Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape of Great Hope, Visual Arts Foundation, Johannesburg, South Africa
Made in Wood, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1992
Landscapes, The Art Scene, Cape Town, South Africa
Joyce Ntobe/Beezy Bailey, Market Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa
Joyce Ntobe/Beezy Bailey, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

1991
New Directions, Centre for African Studies and Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Gallery on the Market, Johannesburg, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Desré Resnick Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1990
Solo exhibition, South African Association of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

1989
Artist in residence, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Cadres d’Ésprit, Cape Town, South Africa

1988
Harbour Paintings, The Art Scene, Cape Town, South Africa
Dove of Peace, The Art Scene, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town Triennial, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, and Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
Introducing Beezy Bailey, Vanessa Devereux Gallery, London, UK
Live Painting Performance, 5 Roodehek Street, Cape Town, South Africa

1987
Landscapes from France and Namibia, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg
Standard Bank Drawing Exhibition, South Africa
Solo exhibition, Gallery 47, London, UK
Solo exhibition, Gallery International, Cape Town, South Africa
First South African exhibition, Karen McKerron Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

1986
First solo exhibition, Art Show Gallery, London, UK
International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London, UK