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Online Artist Talk: Valda Bailey
Photographic Expressionism – Let Us Play
Friday, April 15, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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“The causal deployment of the brush that says so much, with such apparent ease, is something I have always found extremely compelling. It could be argued that I’m setting myself up for failure before I even begin, by trying to make a photograph in a way that is more akin to painting. However, as the cameras today become more and more efficient, new challenges are needed and the joy of pushing against convention in search of my own voice is one that never fades.”

Joining us all the way from the UK is renowned artist and educator, Valda Bailey! In this special online lecture, she will share her process, her images, and her motivations for making her beautiful and unique pictures, one of which is included in this year’s Members’ Juried Exhibition on view through May 8. To quote the artist: I will talk about how this expressive way of making images is influenced by Kandinsky as much as Kenna…..Motherwell as much as Mapplethorpe ……Frankenthaler as much as Frank. Not to be missed!

Valda Bailey is a freelance photographer living in Sussex, England, who first became passionate about photography as a young teenager.

Her approach to photography is greatly informed by her background in painting. and her influences come as much from artists as photographers. She is motivated by colour and form and the tension and dynamism that these components can bring to an image.

The impact of the many years she spent painting is obvious in the way she approaches her photography. She is drawn towards imaginative abstraction and the challenges that present themselves when moving beyond the act of merely replicating what is in front of the lens. A common thread that underpins much of her work is the element of fragility. She is fascinated by all manner of contrasts and contradictions and her work is an attempt to reconcile some of the conflicting aspects that are of interest to her in the landscape.

Her methods include the use of multiple exposures and camera movement in order to simplify the detail in a scene. It is a way of working which is controllable to a certain degree but still has a significant element of unpredictability about it. Much like watercolour painting.

She spends a great deal of time teaching people how to extend creative thinking and find their voice in a world that is already submerged beneath the weight of an incalculable number of photographic images.

To see more of Valda’s work, please visit her website >

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