Brian Dailey (born August 12, 1951) is an American artist noted for his careers in both art and international relations. His work in a variety of mediums—including photography, film, installations, and painting—engages with the social, political, and cultural issues of our times and is not easily categorized. Dailey’s art reflects his unconventional evolution as an artist and multifaceted life experiences, which include national level involvement in arms control, space policy, intelligence systems, and international security. He is based in the Washington DC metropolitan area and maintains studios in the District and Woodstock, Virginia.
Dailey was born in Pittsburg, California. His parents divorced when he was three, precipitating his mother’s return to her native New Zealand with Dailey and his sister and the family’s subsequent relocation to England. They returned to the United States in 1956 and resided in Santa Monica, California, where he spent his youth. He took up photography at the age of 12, beginning his formal photographic training after entering Pacific Palisades High School.