RIA Salon 72, Karen Bailey

Fogo Island

fogo_dotThe dot is a symbol found on the Fogo fishing stages used to guide fisherman safely over their bridges and to their stage doors at night.

April 26 – 2017, At the E.B.A. (Enriched Bread Artists: 951 Gladstone Ave)
Karen writes: In the autumn of 2016 I was invited to do an artist residency on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Mine was not one of the famed Fogo Island Arts residencies, but rather a private sponsorship. The invitation came from a supporter of the arts who loves Fogo, admires my work and wanted me to experience this extraordinary island.

During my talk, I recouned the month my husband Iain and I spent living and painting on Fogo, the overwhelming topography of the island and finding my muse amongst the people of Joe Batt’s Arm.

From heraldic painter to war artist, Karen Bailey’s diverse career spans three decades. Her official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, was unveiled at Rideau Hall in 2012. Themes of service and community inform her work with past series featuring behind the scenes workers and the under-recognized: servers, church tea ladies, Canadian military medical personnel in Afghanistan and guide dogs for the blind. www.karenbailey.ca