Artist of the moment….Radcliffe Bailey…

Radcliffe Bailey is a wonderful collage artist born in New Jersey in 1968. For his collegiate education the artist attended Atlanta College of Art.

Bailey is based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Some critics say his a mixture of Basquiat and Bearden. For me Basquiat was raw talent and expression, his designs are not something that would sell if mass produced on the market. Bailey has a wonderful sense of design and also incorporates photography into his collages. His sense of design also reminds me of Roy DeCarava, the first African American to win a Guggenheim fellowship. Both of these artists were excellent draughtsman in addition to being fine painters and photographers. Bailey is great at capturing the modern African American cultural experience.

In this clip we meet the artist and listen to a brief lecture.

From the Polk Museum of Art we hear Bailey discuss his work with a lead curator.

Birdhouses are a major theme in his works. This dates back to being with his grandfather who enjoyed making them. His grandfather was a blacksmith.

Appeared in some videos back in the early 1990s with the group Arrested Development.

The artist has even done sculptures.

Has had his work exhibited at the main airport in Atlanta, Georgia. This also brought him national attention.

Radcliffe Bailey is an artist on the rise. It will be interesting to see what mediums he chooses to combine next! His work is very modern in that he chooses great photographic imagery to compliment his design skills.

price range information: Most originals priced between $6,000 and $25,000.

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