“I am interested in the daily stuff of life.”
New York-based artist Richard Baker’s paintings are inspired by literature, the history of art, and, most notably, the things that surround us in our everyday lives.
"For twenty years or so I have been committed to the painting of still life," Richard Baker writes. "I say 'still life' purely as a descriptive term—the associations conjured by its use seem limited and confining for my purposes. Many of my works from the previous ten years have commingled depictions of two-dimensional representations with diverse 'rendering' of three-dimensional forms—into these hybrid conglomerations.”
Since 2004 he has painted books, but not exalted pristine first editions but rather books that are held together with tape with corners tucked under, trade-edition paperbacks more often than not. Baker’s books are books that we stick in our back-pockets not rare volumes behind locked cases in a Paris book seller’s shop.
Baker attended Boston’s The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has been the recipient of numerous grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Artist Grant and the New England Foundation for the Art Grant.
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