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At the end of 2011 and early 2012, Clayton Bailey was honored by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif., with a retrospective show that covered 50 years of his distinguished career as one of the country’s most inventive and humorous artists. With tongue firmly in cheek, Bailey has tweaked the funny bone and social conscience of viewers with his wildly imaginative inventions. Especially known for his life-size robots, Bailey has built more than 100, most constructed from found parts, including a robot costume he used to wear to entice visitors to his “The Wonders of the World Museum” in Port Costa, Calif. The museum now fills his large home studio.
Bailey grew up in Wisconsin, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and art education at the University of Wisconsin. He spent 32 years as a university art professor, retiring from California State University, East Bay, where he’s now a Professor Emeritus of Ceramics.
His work is represented in such collections as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, and has been shown throughout the U.S., at the Pompidou Center in Paris, in Belgium, Brazil and Greece. Bailey is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants—two from the National Endowment for the Arts—and his own U.S. patent for a “novelty squirting cup.”
Another Bailey distinction—his moustache, untouched by a razor for 34 years, stretches two feet from tip to tip when fully waxed.
To see more, visit Bailey’s website.
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