Karen Bailey













Women at work ~ Kim and Tulia, acrylic 2013



Mohammed and the X-Ray Technician, acrylic 2009





The reading, acrylic 2010





At the theatre, acrylic 2015





Washing up, acrylic 2008





Hello goodbye, acrylic 2016














From heraldic painter to war artist, Karen Bailey’s diverse career spans three decades. As an appointed military artist, she travelled to Afghanistan in 2007 to document Canadian military medical personnel caring for the wounded at the Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar. Her official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, was unveiled in 2012.

Raising Stanley/Life With Tulia, a collaborative exhibition and performance, premiers in Ottawa, 2018. This accessible production describes the journey from puppy to working guide dog for the blind with a combination of painting, storytelling and video. Through her art, Karen Bailey gives voice to behind-the scenes workers and the under-recognized with her emphasis on service and community. Past series focus on waitresses, hairstylists, church tea ladies, older volunteers, military medical personnel and service dogs. A graduate of the Reigate School of Art & Design, England (UK), she has twice received the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant for drawing and painting. Exhibition highlights include Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK), Canadian War Museum and Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Currently she is creating work inspired by the people and landscape of Fogo Island, Newfoundland.


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