Bailin Studio

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1985 – 1993

Early Work

Bailin’s paintings are informed and intelligent works of art. Works of art that question the viewer’s knowledge and perception. That question art itself. And, isn’t that exactly what I asked for? […] Bailin’s paintings are heady stuff, powerful and thought-provoking images.

— Cory Dugan • David William Bailin • Number: Spring 1988

Painting and Painting on Paper • 1987 - 1994

  •  METEOR SHOWERS • 1994 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Paper • Private Collection • Boston, MA

    METEOR SHOWERS • 1994 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Paper • Private Collection • Boston, MA

  •  ENCLOSED FIELDS • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

    ENCLOSED FIELDS • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

  •  OLD KING • 1993 • 24 x 37 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label • Private Collection, Des Moines, IA

    OLD KING • 1993 • 24 x 37 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label • Private Collection, Des Moines, IA

  •  MOONLIT MEETING • 1993 • 24 x 24 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

    MOONLIT MEETING • 1993 • 24 x 24 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

  •  PROMISED LAND • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

    PROMISED LAND • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

  •  THE COIFFURE • 1993 • 24 x 24 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

    THE COIFFURE • 1993 • 24 x 24 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

  •  THE MONUMENT • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

    THE MONUMENT • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

  •  THE TEMPEST • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

    THE TEMPEST • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

  •  DUTCH COURTSHIP • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

    DUTCH COURTSHIP • 1993 • 24 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper with Exhibition Label

  •  TWO MEN • 1992 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil Stick on Prepared Paper

    TWO MEN • 1992 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil Stick on Prepared Paper

  •  SHORE • 1992 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

    SHORE • 1992 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

  •  PROPHET • 1992 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Paper

    PROPHET • 1992 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Paper

  •  FOUNTAIN [SPANISH LADY] • 1992 • 62  x 54 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA

    FOUNTAIN [SPANISH LADY] • 1992 • 62 x 54 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA

  •  BUNNY • 1992 • Oil on Paper • 24 x 42 inches

    BUNNY • 1992 • Oil on Paper • 24 x 42 inches

  •  UNTITLED [TOURISTS] • 1991 • 37 x 54 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, St. Paul, MN

    UNTITLED [TOURISTS] • 1991 • 37 x 54 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, St. Paul, MN

  •  WHEN THE SPECTACLE THREATENS TO APPEAR IN FULL VIEW • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

    WHEN THE SPECTACLE THREATENS TO APPEAR IN FULL VIEW • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  HOW SHE MET GOD • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

    HOW SHE MET GOD • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  HIDE AND SEEK • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

    HIDE AND SEEK • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  WHERE LAND IS LIFE • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

    WHERE LAND IS LIFE • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

    LIFE'S SIMPLE PLEASURES • 1988 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  VOICES OF THE ANCIENTS • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

    VOICES OF THE ANCIENTS • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  WHAT THEY KNOW • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

    WHAT THEY KNOW • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

  •  LESSONS FROM THE WIND TUNNEL • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

    LESSONS FROM THE WIND TUNNEL • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

  •  IN THE PRESENCE OF SERIOUS THINGS • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Memphis, TN

    IN THE PRESENCE OF SERIOUS THINGS • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Memphis, TN

  •  ARE THERE ANY OTHER MESSAGES WITHOUT CODES? • 1987 • 37 x 43 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Wellfleet, MA

    ARE THERE ANY OTHER MESSAGES WITHOUT CODES? • 1987 • 37 x 43 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Wellfleet, MA

  •  PLATO’S SANDBOX • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

    PLATO’S SANDBOX • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

  •  THE POWER TO BRING RUIN • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper

    THE POWER TO BRING RUIN • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  UNDER ORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

    UNDER ORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

  •  THE SECRET MUSEUM • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches

    THE SECRET MUSEUM • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches

  •  WHEN THE GRANDFATHERS HAUNT YOUR DREAMS • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Private Collection, Needham, MA

    WHEN THE GRANDFATHERS HAUNT YOUR DREAMS • 1987 • 37 x 42 inches • Private Collection, Needham, MA

  •  CASTLES OF SPAIN IN THE AIR • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, St. Paul, MN

    CASTLES OF SPAIN IN THE AIR • 1987 • 37 x 40 inches • Oil on Paper • Private Collection, St. Paul, MN

  •  REFUGEES • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    REFUGEES • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  FUNERAL • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    FUNERAL • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  PROTEST • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    PROTEST • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  MASS GRAVE  • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    MASS GRAVE • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  LINE UP • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    LINE UP • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  ATTACK • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    ATTACK • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  STORMING • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    STORMING • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  GASING  • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    GASING • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

  •  ARREST • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper

    ARREST • 1987 • 6 x 9 inches • Oil on Paper


Drawing and Painting on Canvas • 1986 - 1993

  •  KADDISH [For VF] • 1993 • 60 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil Stick on Canvas • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

    KADDISH [For VF] • 1993 • 60 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil Stick on Canvas • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

  •  CONVERSATION • 1992 • 46 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

    CONVERSATION • 1992 • 46 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

  •  NOISE• 1991 • 46 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

    NOISE• 1991 • 46 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

  •  3842 MAGNOLIA • 1990 • 54 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

    3842 MAGNOLIA • 1990 • 54 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

  •  1210 IRONTON RD [BARRIER] • 1990 • 52 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

    1210 IRONTON RD [BARRIER] • 1990 • 52 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

  •  2327 RAINTREE DRIVE [EMBRACE] • 1990 • 52 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection • North Little Rock, AR

    2327 RAINTREE DRIVE [EMBRACE] • 1990 • 52 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection • North Little Rock, AR

  •  PALESTINE • 1989 • 70  x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, Boston, MA

    PALESTINE • 1989 • 70 x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, Boston, MA

  •  FIRST THERE WAS THE EARTH • 1989 • 70  x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, Boston, MA

    FIRST THERE WAS THE EARTH • 1989 • 70 x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, Boston, MA

  •  PASSAGES • 1989 • 70  x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

    PASSAGES • 1989 • 70 x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

  •  COUNCIL OF ELDERS • 1989 • 70  x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, Boston, MA

    COUNCIL OF ELDERS • 1989 • 70 x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, Boston, MA

  •  ANCIENT DREAMS • 1989 • 70  x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

    ANCIENT DREAMS • 1989 • 70 x 69 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas

  •  ANTICIPATED EXILE • 1987 • 72  x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas •  Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, Little Rock, AR

    ANTICIPATED EXILE • 1987 • 72 x 72 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, Little Rock, AR

  •  ETERNAL VOW • 1987 • 72  x 90 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas •  Private Collection, Boston, MA

    ETERNAL VOW • 1987 • 72 x 90 inches • Charcoal and Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, Boston, MA

  •  CITY ON THE HILL • 1987 • 72  x 72 inches • Oil on Canvas

    CITY ON THE HILL • 1987 • 72 x 72 inches • Oil on Canvas

  •  THE FLOUNDER • 1986 • 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

    THE FLOUNDER • 1986 • 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

  •  PRAIRIE ECLIPSE • 1986 • 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

    PRAIRIE ECLIPSE • 1986 • 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

  •  NORTHERN LIGHTS • 1985 • 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, New York City, NY

    NORTHERN LIGHTS • 1985 • 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, New York City, NY

  •  STREET • 1985 • 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, New York City, NY

    STREET • 1985 • 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, New York City, NY

  •  EQUINOX • 1985 • 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, New York City, NY

    EQUINOX • 1985 • 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas • Private Collection, New York City, NY

  •  ARGOSY • 1985 • 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

    ARGOSY • 1985 • 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

  •  DREAM OF THE FISH • 1985• 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

    DREAM OF THE FISH • 1985• 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

  •  KNOSSOS • 1985 • 60  x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas

    KNOSSOS • 1985 • 60 x 108 inches • Oil on Canvas


Drawing on Plaster • 1987, 1988

  •  UNTITLED (WALK) • 1988 • unknown • Pencil, Coffee and Mineral Spirits on Plaster • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

    UNTITLED (WALK) • 1988 • unknown • Pencil, Coffee and Mineral Spirits on Plaster • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

  •  UNTITLED (STORM) • 1989 • unknown • Pencil, Coffee and Mineral Spirits on Plaster • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR

    UNTITLED (STORM) • 1989 • unknown • Pencil, Coffee and Mineral Spirits on Plaster • Private Collection, Little Rock, AR



Statement

The drawings and paintings I created after my theater work between 1985 and 1993 were extensions of the themes and staging that preoccupied me then and remain to this day. Those early works remind me that as artists, we can change the subject matter (the story) and the object matter (the elements) but we can’t change the core matter–the indescribable and intangible chemical, electrical, biological makeup of our psyche–the conglomeration of memories and emotions that require expression. We may never come to grasp or even understand what that core is but it remains stubbornly fixed and reenforced throughout our lives.

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