Legendary photographer David Bailey is exhibiting 50 unseen oil paintings at a London fashion store. The collection comprises a variety of vibrant, surrealist images, and is very different from his trademark monochrome fashion and portrait photography, but this unconventional juxtaposition of art and fashion is very much in keeping with Bailey’s modus operandi.
“I mostly do black and white with my photography, so it makes a change to play with colour,” he says. Of his style, he says he “follows the drip”, referencing an abstract painting style popularised by Jackson Pollock.
This unconventional juxtaposition of art and fashion is very much in keeping with Bailey’s modus operandi…
The artwork adorns the walls of Flannels Oxford Street, and is projected across the fascia of the building at night. Bailey suggests the best way of appreciating it is on a passing bus. If you’ve been looking for a compelling reason to revisit the Capital, this is probably it.
“I’ve always painted,” he told the BBC (pictured), “since I was three, I’ve never stopped painting.” The photographer says it helps him relax.
Bailey’s work defined London’s Swinging Sixties, his images of actors and models, rock stars and royalty are now viewed as iconic. He also provided Vogue with many of its most memorable cover images.
David Bailey’s Unseen oil painting collection can be viewed at W1 Curates Gallery, Flannels, Oxford Street, from September 7.