Inspired by the realism and symmetry of the Renaissance and other times, award-winning West Virginia University senior Patrick Bayly’s paintings are in a style that is uniquely American. Bayly’s work “New American Paintings” will be on display at Evansdale Library in August.
Many of Bayly’s painting subjects are his friends, professors and local acquaintances. Bayly’s paintings will be complemented by books from the WVU Libraries’ Myers Collection for context into his style, research, inspiration and process.
A proactive artist, Bayly started “The Bench” Morgantown artists collective, and co-founded The Diamond Shop Art Gallery in downtown Morgantown to promote his peer and local artists, and also to host artists-in-residents. His work is currently on view in the 2017 Best of West Virginia Open Juried Exhibition, presented by the Tamarack Artisan Foundation and TAMARCK: The Best of West Virginia. He was awarded funding through the WVU Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program, which allowed him to paint and research throughout the summer.
“Patrick’s self-motivation propels him to challenge himself with each new painting,” said Alison Helm, director of the College of Creative Arts School of Art and Design. “Patrick possesses the tenacity, discipline and talent that it takes to be a successful painter.”
The Charleston native currently lives in Morgantown while pursuing his bachelor’s of fine arts degree. His artwork has been exhibited widely and is held in private collections in Charleston, Atlanta and Lincoln, Nebraska. He has received several awards including a WVU College of Creative Arts Scholarship, 2016-2017, and the Director’s Choice Award, 2016 WVU Juried Student Exhibition.
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