William BAILEY (Iowa 1930 - )


Established American painter William Bailey is known as a contemporary realist painter, who works in styles ranging from abstraction to realism and is best known for his still lifes. Unlike other still-life painters, Bailey composes his paintings on the canvas from his imagination, adjusting the light source and relative scale of each object as he paints.

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 with artists such as Willem De Kooning and Jackson Pollock.

William Bailey’s work can be seen in a host of public and private collections, most notably the Smitshsonian American Art Museum, Washington; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; The Art Institute of Chicago; Stadtisches Surmondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen, Germany; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Phillips Collection, Washington; The New York Times, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery. His work is currently on display at the Betty Cunningham Gallery, located at 541 West 25 Street, New York, NY.

Bailey is the subject of two monographs, one by Mark Strand and the other by John Hollander and Guiliano Briganti. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship and was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Mr. Bailey has taught at Yale University and Indiana University, and later served as Dean of the Yale School of Art, where he currently teaches painting and drawing.

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