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Tusk Benefit Auction

Known to purposefully damage his work by drilling, cutting and even shooting it, sculptor and painter Charming Baker intentionally puts in to question the preciousness of art and the definition of its beauty.
Not content with just painting the model, Baker has sawn it apart and put it back together, completely altering …

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Charming Baker produces artworks that are intentionally confrontational and frequently explore life's most sensitive and eternal themes: the reality of life and death and our experiences with joy and despair. They purposely challenge you as the viewer to, “sit up and examine your conscience,” as the critic Edward Lucie-Smith has written of the artist's work. Although Baker has historically produced works in oil with an emphasis on narrative, his more recent creations have included sculptural pieces which explore transience and the naive innocence of childhood. Baker succeeds in delivering such testing and hard-hitting themes with a level of irony and a dose of British self-deprecating humour. At times purposefully damaging his canvases by drilling and cutting into them, he even occasionally pierces them with gunshots. Such techniques bring into discussion our perception of the preciousness of art and add an underlying emotional charge to the works.

Baker's most recent exhibition titled, “Easy Come, Easy Go,” at the The Vinyl Factory in Soho showcased the artist’s tongue-in-cheek exploration of mortality with a large number of his bronze sculptures, paintings and prints. Examining the very nature of art-making and its perceived preciousness, Baker's intentional erasure and damaged elements bring into question the emotional relationship we hold with art and society’s assumptions about beauty and perfection.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
Hang-Up Collections Y19.01Hang-Up Gallery
Beyond Borders: Group ShowUnit London
2018
Summer Contemporary - Westbourne GroveMaddox Gallery
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Rhino Noir, 2018

Rhino: fibreglass rhino (fire retardant) with internal armature Finish: Land Rover Black Paint
57 9/10 × 74 4/5 × 23 3/5 in
147 × 190 × 60 cm
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Tusk Benefit Auction

Known to purposefully damage his work by drilling, cutting and even shooting it, sculptor and …

Medium
Signature
Signed
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Tusk.

Charming Baker produces artworks that are intentionally confrontational and frequently explore life's most sensitive and eternal themes: the reality of life and death and our experiences with joy and despair. They purposely challenge you as the viewer to, “sit up and examine your conscience,” as the critic Edward Lucie-Smith has written of the artist's work. Although Baker has historically produced works in oil with an emphasis on narrative, his more recent creations have included sculptural pieces which explore transience and the naive innocence of childhood. Baker succeeds in delivering such testing and hard-hitting themes with a level of irony and a dose of British self-deprecating humour. At times purposefully damaging his canvases by drilling and cutting into them, he even occasionally pierces them with gunshots. Such techniques bring into discussion our perception of the preciousness of art and add an underlying emotional charge to the works.

Baker's most recent exhibition titled, “Easy Come, Easy Go,” at the The Vinyl Factory in Soho showcased the artist’s tongue-in-cheek exploration of mortality with a large number of his bronze sculptures, paintings and prints. Examining the very nature of art-making and its perceived preciousness, Baker's intentional erasure and damaged elements bring into question the emotional relationship we hold with art and society’s assumptions about beauty and perfection.

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Charming Baker
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