Civilization is not Civil Civilization is not Civil Civilization is not Civil

Greg Bailey


Greg Bailey – Artist Bio

Greg Bailey was born in 1986 in Warsop, Trelawny. He earned his BFA from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2010, where he now lectures, and an MFA from the Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts in 2019.  His practice is heavily concentrated on the disciplines of painting and drawing. His work is an ongoing investigation of post-colonial spaces like Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean, and the conditions under which the majority of its black population occupy these spaces. The lingering colonial residue within the environs of the contemporary Caribbean perpetrates a confusing notion of self and space. This condition is a nucleus for issues of race, gender, identity, and various socio-political complexities. These cultural phenomena are used as visual and cerebral elements within the narrative and context of his practice.

His Jamaican exhibitions include Post-Colonial Paraphernalia his debut solo exhibition, Young Talent 2015, the 2012 National Biennial and the Jamaica Biennial 2014 and 2017 as well as the Kingston Biennial 2022, at the National Gallery of Jamaica; and the And I Resume the Struggle exhibitions at the Olympia Art Gallery. He has also exhibited in London, England, the United States, and Stuttgart, Germany. His awards include The People’s Choice Award at the Due West 2020 exhibition, National Gallery West, Montego Bay; the Danforth and CHASE Fund Scholarships; and the Dawn Scott Memorial Award. Bailey is the author of Future Relics: Monumentalizing Afro-Caribbean Identity (2019).