Posthumous award for talented artist from Stonebridge who died of cancer

PUBLISHED: 14:49 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 19:42 27 August 2015

Left to right: David's children Shakir, Tyhimba and Lyes Bailey (Pic credit: Angela Blake)

Left to right: David's children Shakir, Tyhimba and Lyes Bailey (Pic credit: Angela Blake)


A talented artist from Stonebridge who died this year has been posthumously awarded for his work in the community.

David Bailey has been recognised for his ‘outstanding contribution to promoting diversity’ by Brent Central MP Dawn Butler.

The award was given to his three children Lyes 17, Shakir, 19, and 21-year-old Tyhimba at a diversity event which included an exhibition of is work.

Mr Bailey, who lived in Crawford Street, died from cancer in April.

The 49-year-old dedicated his time promoting art in the community and brought joy to hundreds of children in Great Ormond Street Hospital and festivals like the Notting Hill Carnival by doing face-painting and other activities for free.

David Bailey died from cancer in AprilDavid Bailey died from cancer in April

A pupil at Aylestone Community School which was merged with others to form Queens Park Community School in Aylestone Avenue, Brondesbury, he went on to study art and design at University College London.

Last year he showcased his talents at an exhibition in Wembley, which was attended by hundreds of people.

Yesterday his work was on display again at the event organised by Brent Police which was held at the SSE Arena in Wembley.

His youngest son Lyes told the Times he was happy that his father had finally won an award for his work.

Mr Bailey's children with his artwork (Pic credit: Angela Blake)Mr Bailey's children with his artwork (Pic credit: Angela Blake)

He said: “It felt good and I know dad would have loved this because at times he felt he was never recognised for what he did when he was alive.

“I hope my dad’s legacy means people will embrace art and recognise it. That would be great.”

Ms Butler added: “I have attended hundreds of events in Brent and David was often there putting smiles on children’s faces with his art work.

“The one thing he never had by his side was a price list. David will be dearly missed but his work well live on in the hearts of many and his face paintings will stand the test of time.

“I wanted to thank the family personally for sharing their father with us here in Brent.”

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