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Dunsfold artist Marilyn Bailey's fascination with portraiture

PUBLISHED: 21:08 28 June 2017

Marilyn Bailey painting in her studio

Marilyn Bailey painting in her studio

Marilyn Bailey

It's been a good year for Dunsfold artist Marilyn Bailey, with her work selected for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries

Small white porcelain basket by Marilyn BaileySmall white porcelain basket by Marilyn Bailey

Marilyn Bailey, who paints from her studio in Dunsfold, studied at St Martin’s School of Art in the 70s and, after many years working in film and performance, became fascinated by portraiture.

“I was awarded a residency in 2000 and studied the Italian Renaissance painters, particularly Raphael and Piero della Francesca,” she explains.

“Totally fascinated, I went every summer for many years to a two-week workshop at the Angel Academy of Art, one of the three principal international academies of Classical Realist Painting in Florence.”

Keen to learn more, Marilyn moved to Florence for four years and her own style emerged. Classical Realism remains at the forefront of her painting practice, yet her paintings are also very present.

“The fall of sunlight on a table-top spilling with apples; the thick, cold mist of winter when the background disappears in a lavender haze; a face suddenly animated by the person within – sometimes a moment of inspiration, other times a slow search for that dialogue that exists between a petal and a plate,” she says.

Marilyn’s portrait Barrie was selected for this year’s Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

• To see more of Marilyn Bailey’s work visit marilynbailey.com

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