Catherine Bailey

 Catherine Bailey lives and works in the UK. She was born and raised in Africa, living in both East and South Africa before moving to UK in 1986.  Her years in Africa have greatly influenced her work. Catherine is a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, a Counselor and an Alternative Therapies Health Practitioner.

She completed her BA Undergraduate and MA Postgraduate studies in Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Hertfordshire and now has a successful studio based in Hertfordshire. Her art practice has involved an in-depth study of fragmentation. In using paint and paint related media she explores the properties of materials, sometimes reflected as a fragment of whole, to consider both a physical and psychological reduction in process lead work. Her paintings combine materials to create texture, light and vibrant color supported on large scale coated paper, board, metal or canvas.

This body of work investigates the fragmentation of body and soul and is inspired by women who give their physical self to the photographic world of fashion. Catherine questions whether there is a relinquishing of self and soul as their image is taken by the lens to be reproduced for the glossy magazine page and for the world beyond. She connects this with the primitive belief of many old world cultures that the camera, and the artist, will steal the soul forever once the image is taken and made. In these painting she considers the model as 'object', a fragmented or alternate other, who exchanges her beauty for vanity and gain and who losses a part, a fragment of herself forever.

 Qualifications and Profession Bodies


2001. BTECDiploma Foundation Art and Design. University of Hertfordshire

2004. BA (Hons) Fine Art. 2:1. University of Hertfordshire

2004-5. Fellowship of  Digswell Arts Trust

2007. MA Art Practice – Fine and Applied Arts with Distiction. University of Hertfordshire

2008. Creative Writing: Prose Fiction. University Of East Anglia

2009. City & Guilds QCA Teaching diploma in lifelong learning sector (Post 16) North Hertfordshire College.

2008-9. Institute of Learning IFL Affiliate Member




2004. Undergraduate End of Year Show. University of Hertfordshire.

2004 and 2005. Open Studios. Digswell Arts Trust Fellowship. Hertfordshire

2007. Master of Arts. Exhibition of works. University of Hertfordshire

2007. 'Post Two'  Exhibition. Robert Burt Gallery. Union Street. London

2008-2009. Gallery Rouge. Display of works. St. Albans. Hertfordshire

2008. 'Electric Blue' Exhibition. The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf. London

2009. Robbery Bottom Open Studio. Hertfordshire