Showing New Surrealist Paintings in Collaboration with Valencia’s The RW Project

Bay is currently showing new paintings in The RW Project space in Valencia’s arts district, Russafa. The project, titled Eve is a collaboration between Bay, RW founder and writer Kristin Gracie, and filmmaker Steve Kempen. Bay is showing six new large-scale surrealist oil paintings, including Eve (2020) which was especially painted for the collaboration. Other paintings in the space are Serenity, Allegory, Anima, Vision and Shrine.

Visits to The RW Project are by timed appointment only to honour current safety restrictions. Register for your appointment at The RW Project page.

Eve opened on New Year’s Eve 2020/21 as a metaphor for the artistic possibilities of the New Year, set against the challenges of our current times. Showing alongside Bay’s paintings are words by Gracie on the significance and creative energy of the collaboration.

Craving to welcome 2021 feeling empowered and inspired, a curious writer called on her surrealist muse to explore a question that centuries of women before us have sat with … “What can we do while all we are hearing is what we can’t do?”

– Kristin Gracie

Also featured are two new short films by director Steve Kempen, installed within the exhibition. Kempen’s films explore the relationship between Bay and Gracie, and how the Eve project was inspired. They also offer intimate scenes of Bay’s creative process in her studio.

To continue the ‘behind-the-scenes’ access, Bay has chosen to display four of her development works on paper within the show. All four works are in pastel, inks and acrylic spray and were created while Bay researched the emotions she sought to paint in the face of Eve.

Eve is a representation of all that is possible when the beautiful aspects of the feminine are listened to with adventurous curiosity and trusted without weighted hesitation. 

– Kristin Gracie

Eve will be open until March 2021. To hear of more invitation-only events in The RW Project space, join The RW list. To follow Bay’s work and further art events in Valencia, subscribe to her monthly newsletter.

You can book your appointment to see the Eve collaboration here.

New Mixed-Media Artworks on Paper to be available at Runway Gallery, London

mixed media paper Bay Backner

Bay has been invited to curate nine new mixed-media artworks for a Runway Gallery special event this month. The works will be available in the gallery’s “From the studio” sale, an online showcase of experimental sketches, sketchbook work and artists’ proofs. Bay selected the nine works on paper from her developmental sketches for the “Flower Women” series of paintings.

The nine featured artworks are all mixed-media, contrasting black oil pastel with highly-pigmented inks, acrylic and spray paint. They explore how we subconsiously experience emotion – Bay sketched from newspaper and magazine clippings of faces that moved her, then responded to her reactions with layers of colour and line. All nine pieces are 35 x 50cm on 350gsm art paper, and will be available at Runway Gallery from the 26th December.

Nicolette, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Nicolette, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Puri, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Puri, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Rita, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Rita, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Janette, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Janette, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Royalty, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Royalty, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Amber, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Amber, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Valerie, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Valerie, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Lydia, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Lydia, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Amy, Bay Backner, 2020 - Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm
Amy, Bay Backner, 2020 – Oil Pastel, Ink, Acrylic and Spray on paper, 35x50cm

“Eve” solo show to open at Russafa’s RW Project Space

RW Project Russafa Bay Backner Studio

Bay will open a solo show with The RW Project in Russafa on New Years Eve, 31st December 2020. The exhibition “Eve” is a collaboration with the curator-director of the RW Project, Kristin Gracie. Exploring ideas of transformation, the show was inspired by Paul Roussel’s 1908 sculpture “Eve o La Pomme”. Gracie encountered the sculpture in the Musee d’Orsay and made connections with Bay’s work on a studio visit earlier this Autumn. Bay is painting a new work entitled “Eve” especially for the exhibition, which will be open until 31st January.

RW Project Russafa Bay Backner Studio
RW Project director Gracie (pictured here in front of a painting in progress) during her visit to Bay’s Valencia studio.

New Flower Women Series to be exhibited virtually with Kunstmatrix

Bay is to exhibit her new series of large-scale paintings, Flower Women, virtually with Kunstmatrix. The online show will be available to view throughout December 2020, with a 3D guided tour of the six new works. Also to view will be unseen photographs of the original sculptures and performance piece which began the development of the paintings. Kunstmatrix is a innovative Berlin-based gallery platform specialising in online, virtual exhibitions.

Curator of Group Show: The Everyday Masks Project with Colonia Roma, Valencia

Covid art exhibition Valencia lockdown

Curation of show ‘The Everyday Masks Project’ with photographer Alex Baker and arts collective Colonia Roma. Bay designed the exhibition to work safely within Valencia’s covid restrictions. In lieu of a traditional inauguration, ten artists opened the show with a photoshoot of the original masked artworks. Hosted by arts space Casa Cabanyal, Valencia.

30 Sept ~ 21 Oct 2020