Valda Bailey (b.1958) is a British artist and photographer. Her work is greatly informed by her background in painting and influences come as much from artists as photographers. Her objective is less about portraying a literal representation but rather conveying feelings evoked by the landscape and she achieves this using multiple exposures and intentional camera movement.

Valda’s Southern Song series is part of a larger project that attempts to explore the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi.

One of many dictionary definitions defines it as “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.” This doesn’t even begin to unravel its complexities; indeed, so intangible are its philosophies that many Japanese scholars will only attempt to illuminate its mysteries through the medium of poetry.

All works are small edition, printed onto museum glass in bespoke frames. Each work is hand finished by the artist with gold, silver or copper leaf giving the piece its own unique style.

Valda Bailey: “It came to me in the middle of the night – as these things often do – that to incorporate gold leaf into the finished print would neatly encapsulate some of the elements I am trying to express. Its application would obviously have to be done by hand with all its attendant imperfections and mistakes. Kintsugi – the Japanese art of patching broken ceramics with gold – shares its aesthetic with Wabi Sabi.”

Valda Bailey’s work has been featured in national and international publications. She has exhibited widely in the UK and in 2015 was the first woman to be invited to join six other photographers to exhibit at the biennial Masters of Vision at Southwell Minster. Her work is held in numerous private collections.

Valda Bailey – The Sun Beyond The Shadow – was a recent solo show at MMX Gallery Read more…
Exhibition dates: 9 February – 10 March

Southern Song, 2016 and The Sun Beyond The Shadow, 2017




All works can be viewed at MMX Gallery during the gallery opening hours or by appointment.

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All works are signed & numbered on verso and come with a Certificate of Authenticity, including the complete description for each work.

The beauty of the pieces printed on glass are truly revealed when seen in the flesh, which shimmer in the daylight and change constantly as different light sources are reflected off the print. A gallery viewing is highly recommended.