The Deering Estate provided John Bailly with the perfect setting to explore the history of Miami, revealing how popular perception of Miami and the authentic reality of Miami are divergent. Bailly’s 10,000 Years of Miami is the artist’s humble effort to remind us of who we are, from a historical and environmental perspective. Through richly-layered paintings he depicts natural elements and transatlantic cultural commonalities.

As a Deering Estate Artist in Residence, Bailly was able to conduct field research through hiking onsite, snorkeling in adjacent Biscayne Bay, and by conducting collaborative research with interpretive staff on the sites’ archaeological and historical resources. Additionally, the artist traveled to Catalonia (Spain) to visit Charles Deering’s former villa Maricel in Sitges where he collected visual and factual records. John Bailly (MFA Yale), is a French-American, Miami based artist and a Fellow at FIU’s Honor College. He is represented by ClampArt in New York, NY.

The Deering Estate provides the perfect setting to explore the history of Miami. The popular perception of Miami and the authentic reality of Miami are divergent. “10,000 Years of Miami” is my humble effort to remind us of who we are, from a historical and environmental perspective. These paintings depict natural elements as well as transatlantic cultural commonalities. The artistic imagery is based directly on my own field research at archaeological sites, hiking and snorkeling in Biscayne Bay, and traveling to Catalonia to visit Charles Deering’s former villa in Sitges. – John Bailly