How to Be Beautiful

19 September - 8 October 2017

Bay Backner is a contemporary painter living in Saltaire. In this solo exhibition for our 164 Cafe space, Bay paints the women who changed our ideals of female beauty. Her dreamlike portraits invite us to question how they shape how we see ourselves.

Bay’s style is influenced by Film Noir and the Golden Age of Hollywood, the cinema responsible for many of our most enduring ideas of beauty. In ‘How To Be Beautiful’ you’ll find new paintings of icons like Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss and Frida Kahlo, alongside lesser-known but equally influential faces like Louise Brooks, Hedy Lamarr and Bella Hadid.


Bay studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and Central Saint Martins, London. She works in oil paint on stretched canvas, then creates limited-edition prints in archival ink.

Bay’s paintings are informed by fine-art’s ‘old masters’ as well as today’s street artists and fashion photographers. Her work was recently featured by Grazia Magazine.


Full exhibition details coming soon

Admission is free

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
8am - 5pm

Thursday & Friday
8am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays