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Mark Bailey began drawing at an early age, having grown up in a family that has excelled at art for generations. He attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he completed his Bachelors of Fine Art in 2005. During his first painting class, the teacher noticed his talent and entered Mark’s first painting he’d ever completed into the prestigious Academy of Art Spring Show.


Inspired by color and light, Bailey deftly conveys the mood of his chosen subjects. Each painting is characterized by Bailey’s signature decisive brushstrokes, which describe light and form in a purely painterly manner. Juicy daubs of oil suggest the quality of each surface and form. Bailey’s command of composition and design unmistakably evoke the particulars of the scene, while simultaneously conveying an abstract mood.


His cityscapes and urban interiors are often dramatically illuminated, capturing the glow and bustle of city life. His portraits convey the sense of a unique and fascinating story inherent in every person. Bailey paints his surroundings, the people he meets, and the simple things he finds around him.

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