Beezy Bailey (born July 1962 in
Johannesburg, South Africa) is a South Africanartist who works in several media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmakingand ceramics.
In 1985 Bailey worked together with
Young British Artist, Lennie Leecreating sculptures in an empty warehouse in East London. He received a fine artdegree from Byam Shaw School of Artin Londonin 1986.
Bailey created a black, female alter-ego for himself in 1991, named
Joyce Ntobe, born of the frustration of "increasingly prevalent affirmative action". Bailey submitted two artworks for a triennial exhibition. One was with the traditional Beezy Bailey signature (rejected) the other signed Joyce Ntobe. The latter now enjoys an honoured place in the South African National Galleryas part of its permanent collection. When the curator of the Gallery wanted to work on a paper about three black women artists, Joyce Ntobe being one, Bailey let the cat out the bag which caused a huge media "scandale" caused by John Gillespie [http://www.carmelart.co.za/site/cvbb.htm] !
Feb 3, Rainbow Nation Peace Ritual
* [http://www.carmelart.co.za/site/cvbb.htm Short bio of Beezy Bailey]
* [http://www.everardread.co.za/Bailey_Exhibition.htm Bailey exhibition: with pics of some paintings]
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