About the Artist / by christian bailey

These pieces represent Christian’s recent work with encaustic wax. Via techniques involving line, color, and texture, Christian explores organic formations found in nature (as with coral) and how natural elements change with time and exposure (as in staining, patinas, distressing, chipping, and rust).


Christian Bailey has been painting for over thirty years. He studied art and medicine at universities in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado — where he lives. He originally painted with acrylic and oil paint but has primarily used encaustic wax for the better part of five years.


Christian takes his influence from Minimalists, Abstract Expressionists, and Color Field painters — especially those of the New York School: Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Serra, Sean Scully, and others. In school he was mentored by Mel Katz, in Oregon, and Amy Metier, in Colorado.


Christian shows his work in group or juried shows in the Santa Fe and RINO art districts in Denver. His last showing was at Core Gallery’s juried Colorado Abstract show, where he was awarded Best of Show by juror Dean Sobel, Director of the Clyfford Still Museum.


Christian works professionally as a Prosthetist/Orthotist (CPO).