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Clifford Bayliss

Clifford Bayliss

16 November - 5 December 2007

Paintings, drawings and sculptures from the estate of the artist in London

Born in 1912, a Footscray boy, Bayliss won the 1935 travelling scholarship at the National Gallery School. The following year he left for London and never returned. The art critic, Alan McCulloch, recalled in his conversations with Christopher Heathcote in Art Monthly April 1993 that “ . . . there were some wonderful students, Roger Kemp . . . had a lot of talent but the star was Clifford Bayliss who could draw like Leonardo, was very poor and did these beautiful drawings . . . destined to win the travelling scholarship which he did. But at the wrong time, just before the war, and arrived in London and vanished into the services . . .

He survived after the war through teaching at the London Central School of Art and Design and the Croydon College of Art and Technology. He worked also at the Royal Opera House as a production assistant. Surviving works from that period are included in this new exhibition, notably a stunning portrait of Margot Fonteyn as Ondine in Frederick Ashton’s 1958 ballet of the same name and a drawing of Rudolph Nureyev with several dancers. Bayliss knew them all and was very highly regarded at the Royal Opera House.

In the words of Bernard Smith, Clifford Bayliss was one of this country’s finest artists and no collection of Australian art is complete without representation from his palette or pen !


Profile of Woman 1945-46

Clifford Bayliss
Profile of Woman 1945-46

Pencil
37.5 x 25.5 cm

Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia

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Two Confronting Women with Shouting Man

Clifford Bayliss
Two Confronting Women with Shouting Man

Ink
19.5 x 30.5 cm

Purchased by the National Gallery, Canberra

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Winged Figure  1946

Clifford Bayliss
Winged Figure 1946

Black conté and pastel on tinted paper
30.2 x 24.7 cm

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Big Rock and Small Rock  1946

Clifford Bayliss
Big Rock and Small Rock 1946

Black conté and pastel on tinted paper
33.7 x 24.7 cm

 

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Boxer, Victor  1947

Clifford Bayliss
Boxer, Victor 1947

Pencil and crayon on tinted paper
27.5 x 18.3 cm

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Seated Woman  c1942

Clifford Bayliss
Seated Woman c1942

Coloured pencil
11.2 x 18.3 cm

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Bombed Building in the Blitz  c1945

Clifford Bayliss
Bombed Building in the Blitz c1945

Pencil
11.5 x 20.2 cm

Purchased by the Australian War Memorial 

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Scenes de Ballet 1952

Clifford Bayliss
Scenes de Ballet 1952

Designer André Beaurepaire
Gouache
76 x 52 cm

$4,500 

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Scene from The Ring 1952

Clifford Bayliss
Scene from The Ring 1952

Designer Leslie Hurry 
Gouache
68 x 37 cm

$4,500 

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Othello  c1955

Clifford Bayliss
Othello c1955

Pencil
66 x 49.5 cm

$2,500 

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Astrologer from Le Coq DOr  c1955

Clifford Bayliss
Astrologer from Le Coq DOr c1955

Designer Loudon Sainthill
Choreographer Robert Helpman

Pencil
89 x 56 cm

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Tower with Arms and Chains  1970-80

Clifford Bayliss
Tower with Arms and Chains 1970-80

Metal sculpture of soldered tin, brass plates, chains and watch parts
135 cm

$4,500 

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Towers  1970-80

Clifford Bayliss
Towers 1970-80

Metal sculpture of soldered tin, watch faces, brass and chain
99 cm

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Cycladic Rocks and Sea

Clifford Bayliss
Cycladic Rocks and Sea

Waxed gouache
50.5 x 76 cm

$4,500 

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Man and Car

Clifford Bayliss
Man and Car

Oil on hardboard
61 x 76 cm

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Inca Chieftan  1963

Clifford Bayliss
Inca Chieftan 1963

Oil on board
91.5 x 60.5 cm

$5,800 

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Horse and Jockey

Clifford Bayliss
Horse and Jockey

Oil on hardboard
76 x 61 cm

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