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b. 1977, Australia

Sean Bailey Biography

Sean Bailey makes paintings that are instinctive and process-based. Although predominantly abstract, they concern the tension between individual agency, autonomy and determinism through a process of adding and subtracting layers of paint to found images to simultaneously obscure and form meaning. Sean employs ‘direct’ mediums such as collage and other lo-fi techniques to explore ideas of painting as an expression of agency, as well as analysing processes of transformation, renewal, decay and transcendence.

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Sean has had solo exhibitions at galleries including: RM, Auckland; First Draft, Sydney; and in Melbourne at Neon Parc, West Space, T.C.B., Joint Hassles and Clubs Project Space. He has participated in group exhibitions at Gambia Castle, Auckland; Special, Auckland; Amsterdam Biennial; CAST, Hobart; and in many Melbourne spaces including: Sutton Project Space, Hell Gallery, Bus Gallery, Utopian Slumps, T.C.B. and Seventh. This year Sean has exhibited in Catching Trucks at Gertrude Contemporary and New Psychedelia at University of Queensland Art Museum. As a musician Sean is known for playing in groups including Paeces, Wasted Truth, Vivian Girls, Lakes and TAX as well as running the private press label Inverted Crux. He has a BFA (2005) from the Victorian College of Arts.

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