Valda Bailey

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.

About the work

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.”

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.

A small selection of framed prints on paper also available.

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.


Over Hills and Seas, Brighton Fringe, 29 Sept- 28 Oct 2018
Tides and Falls, Sohn Gallery, Lenox, 7 Sept – 12 Nov 2018
Vision 9, Oxo Gallery London 11-15 April, 2018
MMX Gallery, London, The Sun Beyond The Shadow (Solo), Feb – March 2018
Jersey Arts Centre “Fragile”, 20 March – 8 April 2017
MMX Gallery, London, Inside The Outside, Group Show, April – May 2017
Inside The Outside, Inaugural exhibition, Oct 2018
New Ashgate Gallery, Surrey – “Rural & Urban Perspectives” April – June 2016
Mall Galleries, Light & Land, August 2015
Masters of Vision. Biennial at Southwell Minster, Jul/ Aug 2015
Brighton Photography gallery Exhibition, March/May 2015
DDA Factory, Sardinia, April 2014
Patchings “Connected 2014”, May, 2014
Mall Galleries, “Year of the Print”, March, 2014
Linus Galleries online exhibition, ’71 Percent’, 2014
Royal Photographic Society, Members biennial exhibition, Feb 2013
Cork St Gallery Open Exhibition, London, Jan 2013
Linus Galleries – online exhibition, ‘Botanicals’, 2012
Cork St. Galleries Open Exhibition, London, August, 2012

Another Place – Iain Sarejeant
Small Print Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 contributor
Small Print Magazine Fall 2013 & S/S 2014 contributor   
Fragile published by Triplekite Publishing, July 2016
Land|Sea from Triplekite Publishing, 2014