Forrest Bailey
Forrest BaileyOil Painting
Whenever I’ve been moved by a great painting I’ve asked myself, “How did the artist do that?” This recurring question has led me to the study of methods and materials and a career in painting conversation.

Much of my own work tends to be either social comment or landscapes, often containing figures. After moving to Old Lyme in 2005, I spent several years adjusting my imagery and palette from the Kansas prairie to Connecticut rocks and woodlands. At the same time I’ve continued my commentary on world events. Friends have commented that it is like looking at two different painters.

I agree with those who say that a successful painting has an “indefinable plus”, called “magic” by some. My daily search to get to that “indefinable plus” keeps me going.

Artist specializing in oil painting

June, 1998 to present

Chief Conservator

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art May, 1982-May, 1998

Resident Conservator

William Rockhill Nelson Gallery-Mary Atkins Museum

August, 1973-April, 1982

Special Assistant to Caroline and Sheldon Keck

Cooperstown Graduate Program in Conservation of Works of Art. 1972-73

Instructor of Art

University of Iowa, 1966-72

Graduate Assistant to Byron Burford, Painting Methods and Materials

University of Iowa, Fall, 1964-1965

Instructor of Art

University of Minnesota-Duluth, Fall, 1961-Summer, 1964

Assistant Instructor

Michigan State University, Spring, 1961

One-Person Shows

Diane Birdsall Gallery, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 2013

Pegasus Gallery, Middlesex Community College, 2012

Forrest Bailey and Richard Ziemann at the Chester Gallery, Chester, CT 2010

Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, Kansas, 2002

Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois, 1971

Wright Museum of Art, Beloit (Wisconsin) College, 1971

Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine Wisconsin, 1971