(STOCKTON – August 21, 2017) The Reynolds Gallery at the University of the Pacific is pleased to announce an exhibition of prints by Montana artist James Bailey opening on August 28, on view until September 21. A reception, free and open to the public, will be held on August 31 from 6 – 8pm. id/eology: stories from the id will feature a series of colorful yet darkly satirical relief prints and artist books by this humorous printmaker and educator.


Bailey’s work reflects his interest in the speed, complexity, and overstimulation of modern life. His dense prints visually amplify the flood of images and information coming at us from a broad range of sources. Familiar icons drawn from art history float in churning seas of lost opportunities. Images from pop culture transform into mischievous imps who brandish cigarettes and guns while raining down toxic oblivion.


The characters in these prints play many roles. His cartoon-like creations express the irrationality we sometime feel but are often afraid to admit. The artist’s energetic slashes into wooden blocks from which the prints are created are enhanced with heavy black lines and intense, sometimes clashing splashes of color. Together they underline his intent to generate conversation about the invisible external forces that act on us all.


New Jersey born and Minnesota raised, Bailey received his BFA from the University of Minnesota and MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a professor in the School of Art at the University of Montana in Missoula. His work is held in numerous museum and university collections around the country. He is also the founder of Matrix Press and the steamroller printing project Big Ink. Bailey was invited to exhibit at the
University of the Pacific by Associate Professor of Art and printmaker Monika Meler.
Exhibition dates August 28 – September 21. Opening Reception August 31 from 6 – 8pm.


Gallery Hours Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Closed on Monday September 4 in observance of Labor Day. The Reynolds Gallery is located in the Jeannette Powell Art Center on the campus of the University of the Pacific at 1071 W. Mendocino Ave in Stockton. Follow us on Facebook or visit us at


CONTACT: Department of Art & Graphic Design (209) 946-2241,

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