Bailey has spent the past four years drawing and painting the architectural
changes that have taken place Birmingham. Using charcoal, acrylics
pencil and watercolours Byron has created a series of images showing
all sides of the city.
in Birmingham, he spent six years of his childhood in Jamaica, before
returing to study art at Lea Mason Secondary School and later Bourneville
School of Art.
he explains the thinking behind his work and how he tries to document
the city as it evolves.
picture of New Street by Byron Bailey
had to change really and I think it's changing for the better if
i'm honest. My only concern is the amount of high rise buidlings
and apartment blocks that are springing up.
"I like a lot of the old Victorian buildings, such as the ones
in New Street. I think they have a lot of character. If we can get
a blend of the old and the modern then I think that will make for
an excellent city"
looking for scenes to draw or paint Byron is often drawn towards
areas of the city that are run down or primed for development.
i'm searching for images then I look for buildings that are dilapidated.
If they're going to get rid of it soon then I'll draw it or paint
it! I wanted to capture The old Bullring before it was knocked down
and i'm glad I did now."
uses a variety of materials for his work and tailors what he uses
towards the subject.
look at the image and decide what is the best medium for it. If
it's a dark alleyway then I might use charcoal, whereas if it's
a sunny scene then I would probably use watercolours."
works full time in the jewellery business and may be known to many
people as a musician rather than an artist.
reconstruction of the Bull Ring
my art was a hobby. I'm more well known in Birmingham as a Saxophone
player really. I've been playing for over 20 years, since secondary
school and I perform around Birmingham. I've been doing my art all
that time as well - since I was at school. I didn't ever plan to
have an exhibition, but now i'm really looking forward to it."
Changing Face of Birmingham is on at The Drum in Aston from 8 November
to 10 December. Entrance to the exhibition is free.