Onessimo Fine Art
Clifford Bailey


Clifford Nolan Bailey (born Miami 1969), graduated New York's School of Visual Arts (SVA) in 1991 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Now living in Los Angeles, he has gone on to develop an imaginative and highly individualized style of painting.

Bailey can trace the beginning of his artistic endeavors back to early childhood. With the help and encouragement of teachers and a supportive family, he found himself enrolled, and participating, in several South Florida programs for the gifted, until 1987, when he landed in New York City to begin his College training.

After graduating SVA in 1991, Bailey set his sights on Miami's exploding South Beach night scene, throwing "one-night only" exhibitions at bustling clubs and crowded pool halls, where he attracted the attention of dozens of local businesses and collectors who quickly snatched up his work, bringing him great exposure and promotion. To this day, Bailey remains a traveling artist, riding on the waves of his artwork to destinations all over the country.

He exhibits his work in galleries, nightclubs, boutiques, as well as several private homes in cities such as Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

His paintings evoke the era and ambiance of the roaring twenties, but with a modern twist; from his portraits of musicians in fine-tailored suits to his sparse and dramatic street scenes, his work continues to be admired and acquired by collectors around the world.

"I first saw Clifford Bailey's work in Miami...I liked 'em a lot, especially the ones of musicians. So, I bought it's the prominent painting in our house. He also painted our house...and cleaned my teeth. He's a full-service artist." -Dave Barry (pulitzer-prize winning author, humorist)

Essay by Tony Mostrom, Quote by Howard Fishman

International Artexpo - New York
New York, New York - February 27 - March 3, 2003

    Solo Exhibitions:
  • Gallery 319, Santa Monica, CA (2007)
  • Riviera Fine Art, Santa Barbara, CA (2006)
  • The L2 Gallery" Seaside, FL (2006)
  • James Harold Galleries Tahoe, CA (2005)
  • Borsini-Burr Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA (2005)
  • Coast Gallery, Laguna Beach (2004)
  • Gallery 319, Santa Monica (2004)
  • Borsini-Burr Galleries, Half Moon Bay, CA (2003)
  • Gallery 319, Santa Monica, CA (2003)
  • Shona Gallery, Laguna Beach CA (2002)
  • The Jazz Bakery, "An Exhibit of Sketches", Los Angeles, CA (August 2nd - September 29th, 2001)
  • Bennett Gallery, Nashville, TN, (2001-2002)
  • Reed Gallery, Atlanta (2000-2002)
  • High Country Art, Historic Old Blue Ridge, GA (2000-2001)
  • Animal Farm, Miami (1991-2000)
  • Match, New York City (1998-2000)
  • Power Studios, Miami (1998)
  • The Miracle Theater, Coral Gables (1996)
  • Sun Trust Bank, Downtown Miami (1992-1993)

    Restaurants, Boutiques, and "Club Shows", etc:

  • Le Chat Noir (permanent installation), Costa Mesa, California 2004
  • "The Vic" Jazz Club, Santa Monica, CA (2002- ongoing)
  • Cafe Tu Tu Tango, Miami, Atlanta, Orlando, Anneheim, Universal Citiwalk (1991-2001)
  • Contemporary Art Center, Art Party 2000, Atlanta
  • The Penn House, Atlanta (2000)
  • The Cotton Mill, Nashville (2000)
  • Symetry Bar, Norwalk, CT (installation)
  • Nemo's, South Beach (2000)
  • Mumbo Jumbo, Atlanta (2000)
  • Pacific Heights, Coral Gables (1998-1999)
  • Liquid Lounge, South Beach (1998-1999)
  • Lucy's, South Beach (1994)
  • Velvet, South Beach (1993-1994)
  • Jessie's, South Beach (1993-1994)
  • Brandt's Break, South Beach (1993-1995)
  • Les Deux Fountains, South Beach (installation)
  • The Id, South Beach (1991)

    Group Exhibitions:

  • Bergamot Station - Schomburg Gallery Holiday Show, Santa Monica, CA (2004)
  • Art Expo, New York City (2003)
  • The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables (1996-1997)
  • Kennedy Studios, Coconut Grove (1995-1996)
  • The Fountainbleau Hilton, South Beach (1995)
  • The Grand Bay Hotel, Coconut Grove (1994-1996)


  • The Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, CA (2001)
  • The Brentwood Academy Artshow, Nashville (1998-2000)
  • The Magic City Arts Festival, Birmingham (1998-2000)
  • The Harding Academy Art Show, Nashville (1999-2000)
  • The Wesleyan Academy Art Show, Atlanta (1999-2000)
  • The Belle Meade Plantation Fall Fest, Nashville (1999-2000)
  • The Deering Estate Festival, Miami (1992)
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