TRURO, N.S. – Matt Bailey has gone from the back alley to the front foyer.
One of the artists who created murals at the back of the Marigold Cultural Centre, Bailey now has his first solo show at the MMFI Gallery.
Deep Blue Sea includes eye-catching pieces created with a variety of media.
“I’d call my style abstract expressionism, with some realism,” said the 28-year-old Truro artist. “I draw inspiration from a lot of different things. I see colour patterns and translate them into my own take.”
Bailey always had an interest in art, growing up watching his father paint with oils. For awhile, he used his creativity to design urban apparel, but about six years ago got more serious about painting. He’s had some pop-up shows and worked on large-scale murals on both the Marigold Cultural Centre and New Glasgow’s H&R Music building.
“I have a vision when I start a painting, but things usually turn out a little different than what was in my head,” he said. “I really enjoy experimenting with different mediums, and I like to blur the lines and with most paintings use two or three mediums.”
Bailey is mainly self-taught and enjoys learning as he creates.
“Painting is a great outlet to escape the day-to-day stuff,” he said. “It’s relaxing, and when you get a positive response it’s very rewarding. I hope to continue to make art people respond to.”
As well as abstract, Bailey has created realistic pieces, including pet portraits.
His paintings will remain on display for the month of February and purchases can be made at the main counter.