I’m not concerned with art trends, but with what’s important to me and what’s important to pass down to kids. We live in a world where things are moving so fast that…I don’t know how to explain it. But I remember as a kid going outside, and being in one of those 17-year locust storms in Virginia; I remember watching my grandfather work with his hands. Those are the things that influence me.

Radcliffe Bailey explores the intersection of ancestry, race, and cultural memory, translating these topics through a variety of media.


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My art is about history and the mystery of history. Scientists, preachers, tricksters, they are my muses.

Radcliffe Bailey was born in 1968 in Bridgetown, NJ and is now based in Atlanta, GA. He was trained as a sculptor but does not identify with one specific medium as he refers to himself plainly as 'an artist, taking on the tasks of the painter, the sculptor, and the political activist.' He works within the convergence of painting and sculpture, utilizing found materials such as vintage photographs of his family, vinyl records, piano keys, Georgia red clay, and bottle-caps. Thematically, his art explores the intersection of ancestry, race, and cultural memory. In his words: 'My art is about history...
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