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Bay Backner is a British painter and writer. Her work explores female beauty, self-image and identity.

'I am currently fascinated by women who use their own image in their creative work, from painters to actresses to social media photographers. As I discover the story of each woman, layers of symbolism and narrative build across my canvas. I find myself referencing our shared female histories, then above all, I paint the relationship between their images and our own. '

Read more about Bay's current work. 

Bay studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and Central Saint Martins, London. Her influences are Paula Rego, Helene Schjerfbeck, John Currin and the Old Masters, as well as contemporary fashion photography and street art. Bay's paintings were recently featured by Grazia Magazine. She works from her studio in Valencia, Spain and is a founder member of the city's Colonia Roma arts collective.

Bay is represented in the UK by Edgar Modern contemporary gallery, Bath. You can see her work at London's Affordable Art Fair in March 2018.

Bay has an uncommon affinity and flair with paint. Very impressive.
— Peter Duggan, Author,  Artoons
Oh wow this is absolutely incredible
— McKenna Hellam, Haute Couture Model, Dior

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018 - All Our Stories - Vortex - Valencia 
  • 2017 - How to Be Beautiful - The Gallery at 164 - Leeds 
  • 2017 - Front Row - Saltaire Arts Trail - Saltaire (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • 2017 - Hale Residency - Shipley, Yorkshire

Press

  • Artist looks to world's leading ladies to help define our idea of beauty -  Yorkshire Post
  • Painting picture of beauty - Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Meet the Anti-Scroll Models - Grazia
  • Exhibition featuring the famous faces of some of the world's beautiful women - Telegraph & Argus

Education

  • 2006 - Short course, Contemporary Still Life - Tate Britain - London
  • 2006 - Experimental Print Making - Central Saint Martins - London
  • 2003 - 2005 - Canterbury Christ Church University College & Teachfirst (QTS) - Canterbury
  • 2001 - 2003 -  Life Drawing - Ruskin School of Art - Oxford
  • 1999 - 2003 - MA Physics - Magdalen College, Oxford University - Oxford 

Selected Group Exhibitions & Events

  • 2018 - Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London, represented by Edgar Modern
  • 2017 - Come Find Us - 'Leeds Light Night' Arts Festival
  • 2017 - Summer is Colour - Tambourine Art Space - Saltaire (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • 2015 - Pick & Mix - Dye House Gallery - Bradford
  • 2013 - Digital High Street - The Crossley Gallery - Halifax
  • 2012 - Townstock - The Crossley Galley - Halifax
  • 2006 - Shortlisted for The Oxford Leadership Prize
  • 2003 - Costume Designer, 'Hedda Gabler' - The Oxford Playhouse - Oxford
  • 2002 - Production Designer, 'Twelfth Night' - International Festival of the Arts - Massachusetts
  • 2002 - Costume Designer, 'Peer Gynt' - The Oxford Playhouse - Oxford 
  • 2002 - Set Designer, Spring Awakening' - The Oxford Playhouse - Oxford