Radcliffe Bailey, an Atlanta, Georgia-based artist, creates contemporary pieces by summoning the past, whether by incorporating actual historical objects in his paintings and installations or by evoking memories of events or periods in his time. His work, which often features elements of African American history, has earned him a loyal following both in the South and in New York City, where he shows his work through the Jack Shainman Gallery. In particular, Radcliffe Bailey draws inspiration from his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, with its rich cultural history and diverse landscape.
Over the years, he has participated in several one-man shows throughout the country. Most recently, he exhibited Memory as Medicine, which began at his home town’s High Museum of Art and traveled to destinations such as the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Earlier, the Charlotte, North Carolina’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture featured his show Between Two Worlds. The artist has also shown in Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida, California, and elsewhere.