Holywell Bay, Newquay, North Cornwall
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Nancy Bailey

English ( b.1913 - d.2012 )

Holywell Bay, Newquay, North Cornwall

  • Oil on board
  • Signed lower right

Image size 15 inches x 30.7 inches ( 38cm x 78cm )
Frame size 20.5 inches x 36.2 inches ( 52cm x 92cm )

Sale Price - £2,315.00   /   £2,895.00

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Nancy Bailey dating from the 1970s.
The painting is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame. The painted surfaces have benefitted from a light clean and a new preserving varnish coat performed in 2017 on our instructions.
The painting is signed lower right.

Nancy Bailey was born in 1913 and started her working life at the age of 15. As a teenager she used her father’s camera to take photographs of West Country views, many of which were used to produce postcards, which sold throughout the country. This early talent demonstrated her knowledge and appreciation of light and composition that later enabled her to create the beautiful paintings for which she became internationally renowned. Her family moved frequently throughout the south west, before settling in Ireland where for thirteen years she produced high quality marquetry pictures, which sold all over the world.

Nancy only started painting seriously when she returned to Cornwall in her fifties. Her painting career, though started somewhat late, continued over forty years. Nancy worked with a palette knife and never used a brush. This gives her work its distinctive texture and captures the landscape and light. Nancy became acclaimed as one of the leading palette knife artists in the UK.

Although Nancy travelled widely, including a safari trip to South Africa with the acclaimed nature artist David Shepherd her best work is arguably of the coasts and rivers of the West Country, which she loved so much.

Nancy died in 2012, since when demand for her original works has increased.

This original painting depicts the beach at low tide at Holywell Bay, near Newquay in North Cornwall. This beach has been featured repeatedly as a location and backdrop in the popular BBC television series ‘Poldark’. There is a wide expanse of sand, large parts of which are wet, indicating that the tide has recently receded. There is a single figure walking along the beach. Along the shoreline the small waves break gently. Further out in the deeper water there are large dark rocks jutting up from the sea, and other similar rocks border the left side of the scene too. It is early evening and the setting sun has coloured the sky with streaks of orange and purple, which glow from the clouds overhead. The rich colours are reflected on the wet sands below. Along the line of the horizon we see low white clouds gathering. It is a stunning scene of vibrant colour and texture.