Serious art and serious effort go together. So it is in the work of Christopher Baer, bold, saturated paintings with a intuitive internal geometry. That marriage is achieved, in large part, through discipline and fed by a lively and inquiring spirit. The current exhibition, titled, "Freedom + Constraint", explores the edges, the literal and intellectual regions that are the artifacts of an inquiring mind .
Christopher Baer is a Washington artist, living and working in a studio overlooking a densely forested park. In a relatively tiny space the artist creates ambitious and sometimes quite large canvases. They are confident, heavily impastoed and visually layered works whose surfaces are arresting for their strong color sense as well as for their confident paint application. His work brings to mind Abstract Expressionist artists like Clifford Still, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell who famously said, "Nothing as drastic an innovation as abstract art could have come into existence, save as the consequence to a most profound, relentless, unquenchable need." Baer is an artist who seems to need to paint and whose paintings are burgeoning with unquenchable color. His edges are masterful and his surfaces lush.
Since 2004 the artist's work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and Italy. His work is already in many private and corporate collections. We are pleased to present Christopher Baer's first exhibition at Addison/Ripley Fine Art.