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About Richard Baker

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.

American, b. 1959, Baltimore, Maryland, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
The Doctor is Out, Tibor de Nagy, New York
2014
Richard Baker - Summer Fun and Games, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown
2014
Richard Baker: Holiday, Tibor de Nagy, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
In the Mood, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown
2016
Cats + Creatures Group Exhibition, Gaa Gallery, Provincetown
2016
By the Sea, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown
2015
Salon Show, Clark Gallery, Lincoln
2015
Revisitation- Gallery Artists in Review, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown
2015
Setting the Table, Clark Gallery, Lincoln
2015
Pink, Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown
2014
Variations on a Theme, Clark Gallery, Lincoln

Fair History on Artsy