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NUDE TORSO PAINTINGS: OIL ON CANVAS FIGURE STUDIES
Oil paintings reproduced as Limited edition Giclee prints




COLIN BAILEY
ARTIST & PRINTMAKER
FEMALE NUDE TORSO
Giclee Prints
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NUDE TORSO PAINTINGS
The Nude Torso paintings are a series of paintings (2011-2012) exploring the body as a landscape in a fixed format (2 x 3) and against a dark background. The body is painted in a non linear way, in a tonal and non naturalistic colours. The original paintings are 24 ins x 36 ins painted on either fine linen or canvas on stretchers.
TORSO 4
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £65
Nude Torso with dark background and shadows
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RECLINING TORSO 1
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £65
Landscape format reclining nude torso with outstretched arm resting on knee against a dark background
TORSO 1
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £65
Nude Torso with dark background and shadows
TORSO 2
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £65
Nude Torso with dark background and shadows
TORSO 3
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £65
Nude Torso with dark background and shadows
TORSO 5
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £65
Nude Torso with dark background and shadows
RECLINING TORSO 2
Limited edition Giclee print  
10” x 15” (253mm x 383mm) Edition of 250
Unframed: £65
Landscape format reclining nude torso with outstretched arm resting on knee against a dark background
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PAINTING NOTES
As well as painting with  brushes I also often make use of sponges, rags and tissues to apply increasingly thicker layers of oil paint which can rubbed away or ground into the surface of the painting. The history or archaeology of the marks and layers of the painting are important to me. Occasionally I will brush on a paint stripper such as “Nitromors” and scrape back the layers to uncover earlier lines and ghostly forms. Slowly thicker layers of paint are added, accidental marks are not only tolerated but actively nurtured and finally thin glazes of almost transparent primary colours are layered over each other.
TRADITIONAL
PAINTING
TECHNIQUES
When it comes to preparing canvases for painting I tend to stick to traditional methods as laid out by Cennino d'Andrea Cennini - The Craftsman's Handbook, Il libro dell'arte in the Renaissance
EASELS
There are many types of easels: Desktop easels, which can store brushes and pencils and which sit on a table, portable easels that collapse to nothing and resemble something out of “war of the worlds” when finally unfolded, and studio easels which can handle vast canvasses. The Windsor and Newton Radial easel has been my personal choice for the last 30 years. It is as far as I am concerned the artist’s weapon of choice; The AK47 of the art world!
Not without reason is this the easel you will find in every serious art school and evening class. Its cheap; (hovering between £40-£70 since the 1980's), robust and versatile. It will handle anything from a tiny watercolour to a 6 foot square canvas and can be folded up and stacked in a corner when not needed. adjusting the various butterfly nuts that hold it together can be a bit of a chore, but this beast will outlive you!
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