Colin Bailey is a UK artist and printmaker living and working in Hastings, East Sussex after living in Rye for ten years and Kings Cross, London for fifteen years. A fine art oil painter and master etcher with a love of traditional painting and printmaking methods, techniques and skills, and with a printmaker’s instinct for multiple images, Colin also utilises modern fine art technology and uses digital photography to capture pictures, views images and scenes that he translates into iconic paintings and etchings of the local area. Whilst using fine art giclee printing to reproduce his original paintings as limited edition fine art prints, Colin also continues to print the hand pulled etchings for which he was originally best known. As a popular Rye artist Colin Bailey realised the wider appeal of this small picturesque area of the UK’s south east coast and established the Ryepress site in 2000 as an online portfolio to exhibit his Rye and St Pancras station limited edition etchings for sale to a wider audience than the UK. Now living in Hastings, and established as a Hastings artist he reproduces many of his new oil and acrylic paintings as fine art limited edition giclee prints, whilst continuing to explore and develop the tonal possibilities of etchings on copper plate.


Ryepress has experienced some drastic changes recently and the website is undergoing a well needed overhaul starting with a migration to WordPress. Technology has moved on and the Times, they have indeed changed. The old website had become an out of date, sprawling monster, a horrible experience on tablet or smart phone and almost impossible to maintain. I apologise for the tardiness in addressing this and hope that returning visitors and customers will bear with me while I climb the new learning curve!

The new Gallery/shop, is a small selection of work available for sale. it will include only work that I have in stock, and feature mainly etchings for the time being. I hope to rotate these works regularly and am planning to introduce a private view feature whereby regular visitors and followers can enjoy a discount for a short period. Images that are available as prints are indicated by a blue “Prints Available” link at the end of the caption under the image and link to the relevant Paypal box on the Gallery /shop page.

Colin Bailey 27th Dec 2020

Today I introduced a new blog post category; Keyworks. Here I will rummage in my dusty portfolios, dig about under the bed and dredge my drawers and cupboards. I will shuffle through my memory and attempt to reconstruct my own history through some of pictures I have produced: the artistic starting points, stopping points, turning points, cul-de-sacs and laybys; Pictures that have had exhibitions built around them, led to a series or were a technical breakthrough. Some of the ones that I love, even if no-one does!. Some have made money, some have lost money, but they are all important to me.

Colin Bailey 31st Dec 2020

A few more pages added! Although rather cumbersome on the menu bar the pages prefaced with “what is” are informational pages explaining the various terms and the processes I use. They are by no means comprehensive and I have mainly kept to processes and media I have personal experience of (or at least tried)

Colin Bailey 8th Jan 2021

The old Ryepress site was cluttered and blocky; designed, as many were back in the late 90s with a rather old fashioned, sort of magazine layout, It took me a while to appreciate the way in which the internet was changing how people digested media. At first I was aghast when people copied my images and saved them to the new “social media”, and took great pains to degrade the quality, and limit the size of the pictures.
I am now a convert!. Embarrassed by the fuzzy, pixelated , low resolution pictures that have been released to the world, I have decided (in so far as broadband speed and storage allow) to upload much better quality files to better represent the detail in my pictures – still not good enough to print off at any resellable size (I hope!).
So please feel free to share , re-blog, post, tweetagram, whatever – accreditation would be appreciated, though!

Colin Bailey 16th January 2021

The terms Limited Edition Print, Original Print, and Reproduction Print are often confusing. Printing has always been associated with the mass production of the written word or image and so the phrase original print seems a contradiction in terms.
Printmaking as a form of fine art has become distinctly separate from printing as the process of reproducing multiple images.
Printmaker is the term used to describe an artist who works directly with the medium that will be printed from; as opposed to reproducing an image created in another medium. Please see What is Etching for a details explanation of the etching process.

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