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Born in Tyler Texas, Tod Bailey began to paint while studying Journalism at the Commerce campus of Texas A & M. After completing the university, he lived and exhibited in Dallas, relocated to Sarasota, Florida and exhibited there for three years. After which, Tod came to Houston where he has been establishing himself and gaining collectors since 2008.
In 2016 Bailey had a large solo exhibition at the Ted Casablanca Gallery in Palm Springs, and in 2017 exhibited at Monarch Gallery in Galveston. Tod has also been invited to exhibit small scale sketches in the Menil Collection bookstore.
Tod said he was uncomfortable to write about his art. He said that he realizes viewers naturally want to hear an artist explain, for instance, if his work is abstraction, or instead intensely expressionistic figuration.
"Viewers want to know if the painted forms have meaning, does this form represent sunshine hitting architecture, for example, or is that one a disembodied penis? All of that."
In his words, "It can't be avoided that references and associations rise from the subconscious, this is human, but expect the forms to appear highly stylized." It is preferable to him, that the viewer pay close attention to the canvases. "Notice coloring, some subtle, others vibrant and sumptuous, and visually take in the paint handling, brushstrokes will range from bold and energetic to purposely applied."
The most important thing to know about each composition, is the artist's passion for manipulating paint.