1930 Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, November 17
1948 - 1951 School of Fine Arts, University of Kansas
1951 - 1953 United States Army, Sergeant in Japan and Korea
1955 B.F.A., School of Art, Yale University
1957 M.F.A., School of Art, Yale University
Established American painter William Bailey works in styles ranging from abstraction to super-real and is best known for his still lifes.
Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Bailey had a youthful vocation for drawing that led him to study with Josef Albers at Yale University. There he made friends such as Willem De Kooning and Jackson Pollock.
Bailey’s compositions break with traditional still-life paintings, with his chosen objects standing in a shallow spaces against a flat planes of color, lending them a decidedly modern quality.
Bailey has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe and his work is found in the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Joseph Hirshhorn Muesum. He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Bailey has taught at Yale and the University of Indiana, and later served as Dean of the Yale School of Art, where he currently teaches painting and drawing.
2007 William Bailey, Paintings, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, Oct. 18 – Nov. 24;
William Bailey, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA. Oct. 13 – Nov. 7
2006-2007 William Bailey, Works on Paper, The Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK, ; Alexandre Hogue
Gallery, the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, Nov. 1 – Dec. 3; The Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
2006 William Bailey, Paintings, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TX, Oct. 13 – Nov. 11
2005 William Bailey, Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York, NY, April 8 – May 7
William Bailey Drawings and Prints, Clark House Gallery, Bangor, ME, March 29 – May 27
2005 Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York (April 8 through May 7, 2005) -solo
2003 Robert Miller Gallery, New York, William Bailey: New Paintings -solo
2000 - 2001 Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY The Figure: Another Side of Modernism
2000 Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, William Bailey Drawings and Paintings -solo
The Gallery on the Hudson, Irvington, NY, Interiors
Carl Schlosberg Fine Arts, Sherman Oaks, CA, Portraits and Figures
1999 - 2000 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Contemporary American Realist Drawings. The Jalane and Richard Davidson Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago