Current Work
Raising Stanley
StoryTellers Nuit Blanche (2013)
Official Portrait of Michaëlle Jean
27th Governor General of Canada (2012)
tea/leaves (2010)
Afghanistan (2007-09)
(Canadian Forces Artist Program)
Blanche Dot Doris (2008)
Doris (2008-10)
Marjorie (2006-07)
Cut (2005-07)

Assortment (2009-2015)

guest artist
Barbara Bailey

Triage book

Exhibitions & news




Self Portraits
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Past Series
Are You Being Served? small 2005
Are You Being Served? 2004-05

New Directions

Still Life Gouache

Book Illustration




Continuing her theme of documenting service industry workers and the act of being served, Karen Bailey presents a snippet of life in the salon, from the painters perspective. These acrylic canvases document the intensity of the stylist and colourist as they attend to their clients as well as the theatricality of "women in foil".

"In these paintings I seek to express the rich interplay which exists between woman and stylist, woman and herself, and the roles established within this terrain. While transporting the viewer to a familiar interior setting (we have all experienced having our hair cut at a salon or barber), attention is drawn to the importance and the complexity of the commonplace."