Caroline Bailey

Caroline was born in Chester in 1953.  After graduating with an MA in Textile Design from Manchester Polytechnic in 1976, she taught part time at Manchester Polytechnic and worked freelance in textiles and painting.  From 1986 onwards, she continued to paint, exhibiting regularly throughout the U.K. 

She says of her work: “The sea is rarely far from the subjects that I paint, I have a fascination with the coastline where land and water meet. The drama of changing light and weather and the boats buildings and harbours that inhabit these areas always draw me.

I also love the coincidence of shape and composition in still life, particularly flowers. These works are an exploration of colour and texture rather than a botanical documentation.

All paintings are a voyage of discovery and once begun quickly develop a life of their own. They are more concerned with the feel and sense of a place than an accurate visual record of it.”

Education
1970-71 Foundation Course Mid Cheshire College of Further Education
1972-75 B.A. (Hons) Printed Textiles Manchester Polytechnic
1975-76 M.A. Textile Design Manchester Polytechnic

Awards
Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition - Daler Rowney Award - First Prize 1994.
Royal Watercolour Society Awards - The Artist Award 1997
Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour - Glasgow Arts 
Club Fellowship 1999 and the Scottish Arts Club Award 2001
Royal Scottish Academy - N.S.Macfarlane Charitable Trust Award – 1999

Elected to membership of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours in November 1998.


Major One-Person Exhibitions include:
The Gallery Manchester’s Art House, Manchester, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005 
The Gallery Anglesey’s Art House, Anglesey, 2004
Thompson’s The City, London, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004
Walker Gallery, Harrogate, 1997 to 2018
Morven Gallery, Isle of Lewis 1999, 2003, 2010
Thompson’s Gallery, Marylebone, London, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2012
Waterford Gallery, Manchester, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006
Colours Gallery, Edinburgh, 2001, 2007
John Noott Gallery/Broadway Modern, Broadway, 1995-2007
Ainscough Contemporary Art, London and Dartmouth, 2007, 2010
Panter and Hall, London, 2009
Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth, 2010
Skye Makers Gallery, Isle of Skye, 2019

Group and joint exhibitions include:
Mina Renton Gallery, London
Castlegate House, Cumbria
Manor House Gallery, Chipping Norton
Clifton Gallery, Bristol
Albany Gallery, Cardiff
Yew Tree Gallery, Cornwall
Denise Yapp contemporary Art, Monmouth
Hunter Gallery, Suffolk
Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright
Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
Tolquhon Gallery, Aberdeenshire
Albion Gallery, Chipping Norton
Clifton Gallery, Bristol
ClarkArt, Cheshire
Gallery top, Derbyshire

Private Collections:
Irish Management Institute 
Maclay Murray & Spens
Edinburgh Fund Managers
Callscan Ltd.
Nynas

Other Exhibitions:
The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour Open Exhibition in 1990, 1993 and 1995
The Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition in 1992, 1994, 1995, and 1996
The Royal Watercolour Society Award Exhibition in 1997
The Royal Society of Marine Artists in 1994 and 1995
The Royal Glasgow Institute Open Exhibition in 1994 and 2007
The Singer and Friedlander-Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, 1995
The Manchester Art Fair, 1995
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Water-colours, Open Exhibition in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999
Art ‘97, to Art 2007, Islington
The Royal Scottish Academy, 1999 to 2002