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lindsey baileyBiography: "Normal people get lost in reality and can't escape, but I escape every day." -Lindsey Bailey Visual artist Lindsey Bailey believes that everyone should let his or her imagination run wild, something she does when she creates her wonderfully colorful and imaginative paintings which she calls "children-themed, adult art." A casual observer might indeed think that the Texas-born painter has borrowed children's original crayon drawings from a teacher and copied them onto her own medium. The keen observer will see, however, that the drawings are much more complicated than that. "The subject matter of the art I am doing now is based on children and how their minds work," Lindsey explains. "Sometimes I do use pictures from children and recreate them as the central point of the painting, but more often I use my own imagination to create a child-like drawing and then surround it with other designs." Bailey says she finds patterns any number of places and copied them as background to her drawings. She used all kinds of surfaces, including cardboard, plastic, metal, canvas and brick, painting mostly with acrylics. One of her more interesting mediums is old linens, which she will paint over but leave some of the original design intact for an interesting focal point. "I've been a babysitter since I was 13, and I've taught art to children since 1996," Bailey says when asked where she gets her ideas for the artwork. "I also do random things like going to the park with my dog and watching kids play, or working at summer camp and observing them and listening to what they have to say. Kids have a great imagination that adults don't have and I wish they would never lose it." Bailey has been painting this particular style of art since September of 2002. She had been searching for a new avenue for her art, but had not found anything she was happy with. "I just thought I'd try to sketch but nothing would come to me," she says. "Then one day I painted this pink background and I thought to myself 'I'm just gonna put a child's figure on here.' Then I had a show and the gallery put that particular painting in prime space and I knew then I'd found my new direction." In addition to painting art from her own imagination to sell, Bailey will work with a child and his or her parents to make a painting from something the child has created. I meet with the child and might ask them to draw something for me. I try to get them involved in the process," Bailey... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: usa Birthyear: 1974 Galleries: "VAAN Membership Show 2002: The End is The Beginning" Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN November 2002 "Untitled: Work" Palmer Place Nashville, TN September 2002 "Alias" Madison Art Center Madison, TN May 2002 "VAAN: 10th Anniversary Show" Watkins College of Art & Design Nashville, TN November 2001 "Attachments 2000" Fort Concho San Angelo, TX February 2000 "housewares" New Gallery Austin, TX May 1999 "Home is Where The Art is" Flood Gallery Austin, TX April 1997 Media: other, clay sculpture and mixed media paintings Style: other, expressionistic, free-form Subjects: other, people and food
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