Bay's work explores our enduring desire for adornment; fashion, beauty and iconic style. Her paintings mix old master techniques in oil on canvas with vibrant Pop Art colour and high-fashion images. She finds inspiration equally in fine art and fashion, from byzantine icons to haute couture.
Bay welcomes commissions, which start at £490. You can also shop Bay's work on this site as exclusive limited-edition art prints designed for widely-available frames.
"Fashion. Makeup. Art. They burn with shared history, ritual and culture. The Japanese have a word for this human need: 'kazaru'. It means 'to transform through adornment', to make something extraordinary, even sublime. I paint contemporary images of adornment - of fashion, style and beauty - to explore and celebrate this desire for transformation.
In 2010, kazaru changed my life. I was deep into an international technology career, having studied physics at Oxford. But the need for something more took hold. I walked away from it all, swapped London for the Yorkshire moors, and began to paint.
I paint to express my joy in kazaru in all its forms, from nail art to street art, from byzantine icons to haute couture. I work in oil paint and acrylic on canvas, mixing 'Old Master' techniques with Pop Art colour and form."
*Also designed shows at The Burton Taylor Studio and outdoor productions. Worked with directors including the Oscar-nominated Martin Roe, and actors including Alastair Sooke (now art critic for The Telegraph) and Simon Woods.