Rising Moon by Clifford T. Bailey
Have you ever walked into a room and felt the excitement of someone’s aura? I suppose there are good and bad auras. The aura we are feeling at Hunter-Wolff Gallery is the GOOD kind. We’ve experienced this over the years and my theory is it has something to do with new artwork. It often doesn’t last as long as we would like but it’s definitely here now.
Maybe you can share your theory based on these facts. We added a new artist, Clifford T. Bailey. He’s now been with us for several months. With other new artists, this aura typically dissipates after Opening Night. Not so with Clifford T. Bailey. He delivers one or two new pieces about every 2-3 weeks. He calls, writes, communicates regularly. We always have a lot to talk about because we have exciting news that another piece just sold or he is in the middle of finishing up a new piece for us. There is a constant dialogue and two-way communication. He is genuinely interested in the gallery’s activity and the success of the gallery and helping us with our sales goals.
Then there are the admirers of his work. Whether someone knows this artist, collects his work or not, they are intrigued. Intrigued enough to spend a lot of time studying his work (I mean a LOT of time). Sometimes, people come back a day or two after to revisit and just stand in front of his work without moving or saying a word. Sometimes, they see his work for the first time, fall in love, and within minutes are buying it. And, in this economy, we can’t explain it but his work sells like everyone has a pile of cash sitting around.
How would you explain all this? Is this an authentic artist aura we are experiencing?
Homage to Earle-Deep Shadows
Eyvind Earle’s work inspired many artist during his lifetime and continues today. As a young boy at age 10, he started his life’s work as an artist. Although he passed in 2000, at the age of 84, his work lives on. You have seen his work, if not original pieces, certainly prints and limited editions, and even greeting cards. He was a prolific artist creating unique paintings, sculptures, scratchboards, watercolors and drawings that have not been publicly seen or exhibited. Eyvind Earle Publishing LLC, under the specific instruction of the late Eyvind Earle, will continue the legacy of the artist, promoting and introducing new serigraphs and books through galleries worldwide. To learn more about this amazing artist go to: http://www.eyvindearle.com/Bio.aspx
You can see how he inspired contemporary Colorado artist, Clifford T. Bailey. The style and mood of Bailey’s work might make you think they studied together. We are very excited to be able to present the work of Clifford T. Bailey and his “Homage to Earle, Deep Shadows”. Could they have studied together?
UPDATE: No, they did not study together, but Clifford did meet Eyvind Earle when he was 14 years old and several times during his youth. It was Mr. Earle who influenced Clifford Bailey’s pursuit of art and becoming an artist. After seeing the master’s work, there was no turning back for Clifford. THIS PAINTING SOLD IN LESS THAN 30 minutes after arriving in the gallery on December 2.
California Memory by Clifford T. Bailey
Everyone loves a pat on the back for a great effort. In the art world, awards are meaningful not only to the recipient but to collectors too. Collectors especially like to keep “score” of the accomplishments by their favorite artists. It adds to the provenance and value for artwork.
Among the 30-some artists at Hunter-Wolff Gallery there are hundreds of awards. Some of our more experienced artists have received dozens and dozens over the course of their career. Clifford T. Bailey, for example, continues to receive awards even after nearly 40 years of a proven track record. One might think, “does it really matter at this stage?” Absolutely. Validation is always important and shows different generations value his work and the measurement for excellence is as important today as it was yesterday.
Clifford just received the welcomed news from the Miniature Art Society of Florida that all his entries for the upcoming 37th Annual International Miniature Art Show were accepted and that he won First Place in the Landscape category. The show will be held January 15 – February 5 2012. Because this particular show is one of the biggest and best miniature shows in the country, competition comes from all over the world.
Congratulations Clifford! Your work is tops in my book too.
The Rose, 4x6
How does one explain the ability of a self-taught painter like Clifford T. Bailey?
It is like trying to explain the beautiful voice of 9-year-old Jackie Evancho.
It’s simply exciting to find these wonder-stars. They are gifts we are lucky to receive. Like Jackie, Clifford Bailey quickly became one of my favorite artists. The fact that he is self-taught just amazes me. His small still life works are reminiscent of the Old Masters in their technique with contrasting dark and light tones. At Hunter-Wolff Gallery’s Anniversary event last evening, his small collection of perfectly rendered apples and pears created a stir along with his landscapes. Everyone just loved his work. Now he is finishing another new painting of a flawless single rose to add to the collection. What will he do next?
If you love small paintings, he has several 4×6 and 5×7 framed still life works along with 8×10 landscapes you might consider.
We’ve been excited before when we discover an artist we think you should know about. But, there is something different about our latest discovery, Clifford T. Bailey. I only met him two days ago and I already have told dozens of friends and you too need to see this accomplished artist’s work. He’s not your average or just above average artist-—-he’s what every artist hopes to accomplish. Great. Sometimes it takes time to get out the good news but as soon as art-lovers see his work, it won’t take long.
While getting out the word and showing his current offerings at Hunter-Wolff Gallery, you can expect to see and hear more about Clifford T. Bailey regularly. He’s been painting for nearly 40 years but tucked away up in Greeley Colorado. We are now unleashing the secret that Greeley has been keeping for years. Here’s a sampling of what we just hung on the wall and based on two days of interest from visitors, we expect he will have to get busy to paint more pieces for us soon.