Tobacco Blues

Artist Details

Name: Radcliffe Bailey
Birth: 1968
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 2000
Subject: ,
Medium: color aquatint etching with photogravure and chine-coll
Dimensions: 42 x 33 inches
Credit: Museum Purchase

Bailey was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey in 1968. A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, since 1969, he received his B. F. A. from the Atlanta College of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and The Smithsonian Institution. Bailey’s works are held in numerous public and private collections including the High Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harvard University, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Mint Museum of Art.

Drawing from history, family folklore, popular culture and music, Bailey examines themes relating to African American heritage and identity in his work. His aquatint and chine collé print Tobacco Blues is built around a photograph taken by his grandfather of a tobacco field near Charlottesville, Virginia. Using the photograph as a centerpiece, Bailey incorporates a variety of materials, textures and shades of blue to evoke the experiences of African Americans working the fields on plantations.



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