I'm excited to announce that my solo exhibition 'How to Be Beautiful' opens this Tuesday, 19th September 2017. You'll be able to see my new paintings of the women who changed the face of female beauty.
Private View on Thursday 5th October
We've scheduled the private view on Thursday 5th October, to coincide with the city's stunning festival, Leeds Light Night. The private view is sponsored by the wonderful Slingsby of Harrogate and The Temperance Spirit Company. (Please contact me if you're a collector or interior stylist yet to receive your invitation.)
Icons on the Walls
On the walls of How to Be Beautiful you'll find new portraits of icons like Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss and Frida Kahlo, alongside lesser-known but influential faces like Louise Brooks, Hedy Lamarr and Bella Hadid. My style is influenced by Film Noir and the Golden Age of Hollywood, the cinema responsible for many of female beauty's most enduring ideals.
You can see the show until 8th October 2017 in Cafe 164, the gorgeous contemporary space at The Gallery at 164 in Leeds. Read on for the show press release, or click for today's feature in The Yorkshire Post.
Yorkshire Artist Shows ‘How To Be Beautiful’
New Paintings of The Women Who Changed Female Beauty… By Artist Featured by Grazia Magazine.
- Venue: Cafe 164, The Gallery at 164, Leeds
- When: Tuesday 19th Sept. - Sat 7th. Oct 17
- Private view: Thursday 5th October
Bradford, Friday 15th Sept: New art exhibition ‘How to be Beautiful’ by Bradford artist Bay Backner opens in Leeds on Tuesday. Bay, a contemporary painter living in Saltaire, presents new paintings of the women who changed the face of female beauty.
The exhibition includes Bay’s portraits of icons like Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss and Frida Kahlo, alongside lesser-known but influential faces like Louise Brooks, Hedy Lamarr and Bella Hadid. Bay’s style is influenced by Film Noir and the Golden Age of Hollywood, and her paintings were recently featured by Grazia Magazine.
“Painting the world’s most beautiful women was a joy, but made me question what we see as ‘beauty’ and how that affects how we see ourselves,” explained Bay. “I hope my paintings will start some interesting conversations around beauty and self-image.”
Bay studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and Central Saint Martins, London. She works in oil paint on stretched canvas, then creates limited-edition prints in archival ink. Bay’s paintings are inspired by fine-art’s ‘old masters’ as well as today’s street artists and fashion photographers.
For more information about Bay and ‘How to Be Beautiful’ visit www.baybackner.com
About The Gallery at 164
The Gallery at 164 is an independent gallery, exhibition and event space in Leeds. The gallery opened its doors to the public in September 2011 as ‘Leeds Gallery’, since then we have exhibited an eclectic mix of styles and media from both established and emerging talents.