African Art Sculptures & Prints

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Contact:
Doug at baileynature at aol.com

How Doug & Lenore Bailey learned to make African Art Ceramic Sculptures

It’s important to keep tribal traditions alive, as they are being lost over time due to Western influences. We love the challenge of creating our very own tribal people. It’s truly amazing how they get a personality of their own as they’re being created.

We’ve been hand building African Art Sculptures in earthenware clay since 1983.

We’ll wedge the clay, make the torso and body parts and join them together. Then dress them with thin layers of specially rolled clay with fabric imprints.

After firing, they get hand painted and decorated with close attention to tribal correctness.

Sometimes they’ll explode in the kiln and it’s like losing a family member. But then who does like to be fired to nearly 2000 degrees?

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1 – Tribal Zulu Woman with the Traditional headgear of a married woman

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3 – Zulu woman with baby in her arms and the traditional headgear of a married woman

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5 -Young Zulu Male in terracotta clay holding a stick.


 

This is also a tribute to Elizabeth Rowland, who invited us into her East London, South Africa studio in 1983. She said she was getting on in years and would like to make sure her methods didn’t get forgotten. She was known world-wide as an authority in her subject matter. Mrs. Rowland had developed unique skills in building her sculptures.

Mrs Rowland would go into the hills of Grahamstown at age 85 in her little Morris Minor and dig clay. At home she would mix the clay and hand build Xhosa tribal sculptures. She developed her own methods of attaching body parts so the sculptures would not explode in the kiln. People would visit her from all over the world and she always had a waiting list. Some of her work is in the Smithsonian.

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Tribal Zulu Elder known as “Kehla” – the old man – who would keep children happy with stories.

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4 – Young Xhosa Female in traditional dresss and with clay painting on her face

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7 – Young Zulu woman pounding corn in the traditional manner

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9 – Young Zulu Woman in terracotta clay grinding corn using 2 stones

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8 – Zulu Woman seated with a calabash on her lap

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10 -Basuto Male in Terracotta clay with traditional hat and blanket

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6 – Xhosa Male Bust in terracotta clay with traditional white heaqdgear and “beadwork” around his neck

We are often able to translate our interactions with the various tribal people to uncanny lookalikes. Sometimes as Lenore and I are working together, we’ll end up with a brother and sister that really do look like they are related.

We exhibited at the Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville, FL in 1994. Most of our finest sculptures are in private collections around the world.

African Art Canvas Prints:
Script & logo removed prior to printing.

Tribes of Southern Africa 24 x 50 # 100.dougbailey.jpg

$199.00 – Tribes of Southern Africa Panorama 24″ x 50″ # 100. Shipped rolled in a sturdy cardboard tube. This Canvas Print is NOT framed, or gallery wrapped.

Zulu Headman & Warrior 18 x 24 # 102.dougbailey.jpg

$75.00 – Zulu Headman & Warrior 18″ x 24″ # 102. Shipped rolled in a sturdy cardboard tube. This Canvas Print is NOT framed, or gallery wrapped.

Two Zulu Women 2 MG_6327 & 6330 18x24 # 101.dougbailey.jpg

$75.00 – Two Zulu Women 18″ x 24″ # 101. Shipped rolled in a sturdy cardboard tube. This Canvas Print is NOT framed, or gallery wrapped.


Married Zulu Woman with Pot 10 x 13 # 103.dougbailey.jpg

$30.00 – Married Zulu Woman with Pot 10″ x 13″ # 103. This print is mounted on hardboard to suit a standard shop bought frame. This Canvas Print is NOT framed, or gallery wrapped.

Zulu Medicine Man 10 x 13 # 104.dougbailey.jpg

$30.00 – Zulu Herbalist 10″ x 13″ # 104. This print is mounted on hardboard to suit a standard shop bought frame. This Canvas Print is NOT framed, or gallery wrapped.