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Richard Baker

Henri Matisse: Chapelle du Rosaire, 2019

Gouache on paper
12 × 10 1/2 in
30.5 × 26.7 cm
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Provincetown
Richard Baker
American, b. 1959
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Painter Richard Baker works within the genre of still life, but “elbow[s] out the edges of it,” he says, incorporating landscape and portraiture in non-traditional ways. In his works, a flower vase might sit atop a box in the middle of a winding road (Approach, 2008), for example, or the scene might include magazine photographs (Tussle, 2009). He is also known for painting the literary classics he favored as a youth—works by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, to name a few. With palpable nostalgia for the pre-ebook era, he depicts paperback editions from the 1960s and ’70s, faithfully portraying not only the front cover’s original details, but also signs of its passage through time—creases, worn bindings, and all. “I feel like a conduit allowing the social conversation to blossom in what books I’m painting,” Baker says.

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Richard Baker
American, b. 1959
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Painter Richard Baker works within the genre of still life, but “elbow[s] out the edges of it,” he says, incorporating landscape and portraiture in non-traditional ways. In his works, a flower vase might sit atop a box in the middle of a winding road (Approach, 2008), for example, or the scene might include magazine photographs (Tussle, 2009). He is also known for painting the literary classics he favored as a youth—works by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, to name a few. With palpable nostalgia for the pre-ebook era, he depicts paperback editions from the 1960s and ’70s, faithfully portraying not only the front cover’s original details, but also signs of its passage through time—creases, worn bindings, and all. “I feel like a conduit allowing the social conversation to blossom in what books I’m painting,” Baker says.

Richard Baker

Henri Matisse: Chapelle du Rosaire, 2019

Gouache on paper
12 × 10 1/2 in
30.5 × 26.7 cm
This is a unique work.
Sold
location
Provincetown
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