About Andrea Bailey
YummyArty is a slice of Andrea’s story. Now in her forties, she began her work life as a dessert caterer for private and corporate events, then became the baker and partner in a counter-culture restaurant in the west end of Toronto. After six years, changes in the neighbourhood led to its closure. In 2012, she returned to her first love—painting.
Born with challenges, which she has not allowed to define her, Andrea works from her home studio in her apartment on the Danforth and a small studio at the Akin Collective.
While introduced to the media of ink and water colour by art teacher Tanya Chilova, Andrea is self taught.
Whether she is working in acrylic, ink, watercolour or occasionally oil, her exploration of the use of colour is the unifying theme of her art. Her approach is abstract whether she is depicting mood, (The Blues), urban or natural landscape (Windows, Arctic Waters), people (Seated Blond), events (Passover Series) or experiences (Clubbing on King).
Her colours are bold and confident but can also be soft and subtle. Her compositions feel spontaneous, but are also intentional, layered and complex. They play with light and perspective. They make a statement-then draw you in to find another brush stroke, a dab of colour or a significant detail you have not noticed before.
Just as Andrea herself challenges us to look beyond the surface to see what is really inside, so her painting calls us to come back and take a second look.
Andrea’s works are now in collections in Baltimore, New York, St. Barths, Fredericton, Markham, Aurora, Thunder Bay, Port Credit, Toronto and Collingwood.
Andrea Bailey—Artist and Proprietor
2011 Joins Toronto Artist’s Network
Autumn 2011—Chosen by the owners of the Homeway Restaurant, Mt. Pleasant and Erskine Ave., Toronto to decorate the walls of the restaurant. Refreshed in February, 2012. Display ends June 2012.
Feb-Mar 2012 Jury selected for her first one woman show at Hangman Gallery Salon.
Mar 2012—One of Andrea’s paintings is chosen for a book cover by Inclusion Press.
May-June 2012—Jury selected for large show at Markham Theatre, Markham Ontario. More than 30 works on display.
June 2-3 2012—Jury selected participant in the Riverdale Art Walk in Jimmie Simpson Park, Toronto.
July 2012—Andrea and fellow artist and photographer Jasmine Savoy team up to teach an art class at the Toronto Summer Institute winning rave reviews at this annual, world renowned Community Development conference.
Sept 2012—Partners with sculptor Eric Thomas for a joint show at the McKay Art Centre, Unionville, Ontario.
Oct 2012—Andrea joins the Akin Collective and has studio space along with other artists, designers, photographers and creators who gain knowledge and inspiration from one another.
Dec 2012—Andrea’s works are on display at the ‘Bowsart Show’ at Hangman Gallery in Toronto. Additionally, Andrea’s work will be on display at the Open House of the Akin Collective.
March 2013—Andrea is jury selected to participate in the “One of A Kind” Spring Show in Toronto.
June 2013—Andrea is again juried into the Riverdale Art Walk. July 2013—Two of Andrea’s paintings (Watermelon and Birds Over Water) are jury selected for display in the Water Exhibition at Sunderland Hall, 1st Unitarian Church, Avenue Road and St. Clair Ave. W. In Toronto
July 2013—Andrea participates with 6 other artists in the exhibition ‘Dynamic Connections’ at Gallery 402 in Toronto.
August 2013—Andrea is jury selected for the inaugural Art Walk North at Mel Lastman Square in North Toronto.
Aug-Sep 2013—Andrea has three works accepted to ‘Cool Aid’, on display until September at Hangman Gallery, Queen Street East, Toronto.
Oct-Nov 2013—Andrea has her first ‘One Woman’ show at Gallery 402 in the Corktown District of Toronto. On a fabulous opening night, Andrea sells 7 works with more sales later in the month.
April 2014—Andrea exhibits at the Toronto Art Expo along with nine other artists from The Artists’ Network.
April-May 2014 Gallery 402 show with 6 fellow artists .
June 2014 Riverdale Art Walk—Toronto
July 2014 Gallery 402 show with three fellow artists.
August 2014 Art Walk North in Mel Lastman Square, Toronto
Sept-Nov 2014 Bridgepoint Health Corporate Installation
“Celebrating Individual Spirit, Hopes and Dreams”
Oct 6-19 2014 “Waning of The Light” Art Square Cafe and Gallery 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Jan 3-Feb 27 2015 YOGAthletix Studio 201-911 Queen Street East, Toronto
August 2015—Artwalk in The Square—Mel Lastman Square
Oct 2015—One Woman Show at Yogathletix 911 Queen St. East
Dec 2015-Jan 2016—Amsterdam Artspace participant
Feb 2016—Coffee &Brownies at Gallery 402 King St East
Nov 2015-Jan 2016—Bridgepoint Health Exhibition “Lighting The Season”
Dec 2015-Feb 2016-Capital One Corporate Exhibition “All Around Us—A Vision of The Artist’s World”
April 2016—One Woman Show at Broadview Espresso (Broadview and Pretoria)
Sept 2016—One Woman Show at Yogathletix 911 Queen St. East
June 2016—Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto
July 2016-April 2017 One Woman Show Collingwood, Ontario
Nov 2016-April 2017—Gallery 402, Toronto. Joint exhibition with two fellow artists.
June 2017—Riverdale Art Walk
June 2017—Rosedale Art Fair
October 2017—Exhibition at Last Drop Cafe-Toronto
March 2018—Exhibition at The Mad Bean Coffee Shop-Toronto
June 2018—Riverdale Art Walk
June 2018—Rosedale Art Fair
July 2018—First Commissioned Painting for private client.
Sept 2018—Queen West Art Crawl-Toronto
Janurary 2019 Exhibition at Last Drop Cafe-Toronto
June 2019 Riverdale Art Walk Toronto
June 2019 Rosedale Art Fair Toronto
August 3019 Exhibition at The Mad Bean Toronto
September 2019 Queen West Art Crawl Toronto
September 2019 Exhibition at Black Cat Gallery with other artists from Akin Collective