Dennis Bailey 1931 - 2016
Very sad news that graphic designer and illustrator Dennis Bailey has died.
An early student project from 1953
He studied at West Sussex College of Art in the late 1940s and was one of the post-war intakes at the Royal College of Art and along with RCA contemporaries David Gentleman, Raymond Hawkey, Len Deighton and Alan Fletcher made a considerable contribution to the British graphic design explosion of the 1960's.
He has also featured in 17 Graphic Designers 1963, the influential forerunner to D&AD.
In the early 1960s, Dennis collaborated on film projects and lived for a time in Paris working as Design and Art Editor on ‘Olympia Review’.
Penguin Books 1974
He designed and illustrated many book covers and editorial for Penguin Books, The Listener, The Economist, Nova, New Statesman, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the British Council, the Arts Council, and the British Medical Journal. He also created stamps for Royal Mail.
Illustrated and designed by Dennis Bailey for Royal Mail in 1963
Town magazine 1966
Catalogue for the Arts Council, 1961
From 1964 – 1966 he was Art Director of the iconic Town magazine commissioning an array of creative talent of the period including Don McCullin, David Bailey, and writer Tom Wolfe.
Between 1971 to 1980 he taught at Chelsea School of Art. In 1980 he was made a Royal Designer for Industry.
I will remember him for his beautiful natural ability to draw with ease.
Bailey's effortless line.
Read more about Dennis Bailey at the RCA here