Sally Bailey


Bailey’s research examines the blurred edge of painting and its potential to act as a site that can articulate the female subject in contemporary painting beyond representations of the figurative, whilst simultaneously restaging the liminal as a space in which alchemical processes translate the act of painting into the object itself.

“I am an oil painter; my work acknowledges the tradition and past history of painting, but it is not bound by a formal approach. My focus is on the female form and the destabilisation of the figurative; an oscillation between the beauty of the subject represented and the complete annihilation of it.”



Bailey completed her MA Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art in 2014, and was awarded the ‘Mike Holland Trust Prize for Painting’ for her Final Show works. She commenced her practice-led PhD in September 2016 at Birmingham School of Art, where she is also a member of iCCAR (International Centre for Contemporary Art Research).

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