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Introduction

Radcliffe Bailey is a nationally-recognized painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials, and text to explore themes of ancestry, race, and memory. The Great Dismal Swamp is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the DC metro area, although he has previously participated in group exhibitions at the Smithsonian, the Corcoran, and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Bailey produces a wide range of mixed-media works including two-dimensional collaged paintings, sculptures, and installations. His work is often made from found materials and personal objects from his past, including traditional African sculpture, tintypes of his family members, piano keys, and symbolic items including keys and pouches. For his exhibition, Bailey addresses his family’s history in Virginia, and the history of the Underground Railroad in the state’s Great Dismal Swamp. Bailey's work in included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia among many others.

The Great Dismal Swamp is funded in part by ArtsFairfax, Reston Community Center, and Reston Town Center Association.

All images courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Travel by Night, 2007
Glass, steel, candelabra and photo emulsion
60 x 36 x 48 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Windward Coast - West Coast Slave Trade, 2009–2011
Piano keys, plaster bust and glitter
Dimensions vary

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Creole, 2013
Steel
70 x 61 x 20 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Clotilde, 2014
Mixed media
76 1/4 x 76 1/4 inches (canvas)
80 1/16 x 80 3/16 x 4 inches (framed)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Clotilde II, 2014
Mixed media
76 1/4 x 76 1/4 inches (canvas)
80 1/16 x 80 3/16 x 4 inches (framed)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

67/68, 2016
Wood cabinet including various objects
82 1/2 x 42 x 31 1/2 inches

Madagascar 1, 2016
Mixed media including collage elements, paint, glass on panel
60 x 60 x 5 3/8 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Low-Lying, 2016
Mixed media including collage elements, paint, glass on panel
60 x 60 x 5 3/8 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Conductor, 2016
Mixed media including collage elements, paint, glass on panel
60 x 60 x 5 3/8 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Blue Black, 2016
Glass, ink
10 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (glass heart)
69 x 79 x 4 1/2 inches (overall dimensions)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Blue Black (detail), 2016
Glass, ink
10 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (glass heart)
69 x 79 x 4 1/2 inches (overall dimensions)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Untitled, 2010
Glitter, felt, feather, wood
35 x 11 x 11 inches (pedestal)
14 x 14 x 5 1/2 inches (head with hat)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Untitled (detail), 2010
Glitter, felt, feather, wood
35 x 11 x 11 inches (pedestal)
14 x 14 x 5 1/2 inches (head with hat)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Travel by Night, 2007
Glass, steel, candelabra and photo emulsion
60 x 36 x 48 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Windward Coast - West Coast Slave Trade, 2009–2011
Piano keys, plaster bust and glitter
Dimensions vary

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Creole, 2013
Steel
70 x 61 x 20 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Clotilde, 2014
Mixed media
76 1/4 x 76 1/4 inches (canvas)
80 1/16 x 80 3/16 x 4 inches (framed)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Clotilde II, 2014
Mixed media
76 1/4 x 76 1/4 inches (canvas)
80 1/16 x 80 3/16 x 4 inches (framed)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

67/68, 2016
Wood cabinet including various objects
82 1/2 x 42 x 31 1/2 inches

Madagascar 1, 2016
Mixed media including collage elements, paint, glass on panel
60 x 60 x 5 3/8 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Low-Lying, 2016
Mixed media including collage elements, paint, glass on panel
60 x 60 x 5 3/8 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Conductor, 2016
Mixed media including collage elements, paint, glass on panel
60 x 60 x 5 3/8 inches

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Blue Black, 2016
Glass, ink
10 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (glass heart)
69 x 79 x 4 1/2 inches (overall dimensions)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Blue Black (detail), 2016
Glass, ink
10 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches (glass heart)
69 x 79 x 4 1/2 inches (overall dimensions)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Untitled, 2010
Glitter, felt, feather, wood
35 x 11 x 11 inches (pedestal)
14 x 14 x 5 1/2 inches (head with hat)

Radcliffe Bailey artwork

Untitled (detail), 2010
Glitter, felt, feather, wood
35 x 11 x 11 inches (pedestal)
14 x 14 x 5 1/2 inches (head with hat)

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