Richard Baker

Paintings

January 28 – March 6, 2010

Cascade
2008
oil on canvas
25 x 20 inches

Blue Wall
2008
oil on canvas
32 x 36 1/2 inches

Studio Wall III: The Page
2009
oil on board
15 1/2 x 13 inches
Private Collection

Yellow Wall, Blue Tacks
2010
oil on board
14 7/8 x 12 3/4 inches

Yellow Bulb
2008
mixed media on canvas
9 x 6 3/4 inches
Private Collection

Approach
2008
mixed media on canvas
54 x 44 inches

The Pull
2010
oil on canvas
34 x 10 inches

Studio Wall II: The Sign
2009
oil on canvas
12 x 12 inches

The Draw
2009
oil on wood
43 x 17 inches

Tag
2010
oil on wood
43 x 17 inches

The Skull
2008
oil on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Private Collection

Black and White and Re(a)d All Over
2009
oil on canvas
48 x 36 inches
Private Collection

Tussle
2009
oil on canvas
50 x 36 inches

Knot
2009
oil on wood
32 1/2 x 30 inches

Pink Pearl, Pink Painted Wood with Googly Eyes
2010
oil on wood
5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches
Private Collection

Postcard and Fragments
2009
oil on joined panels
5 x 21 inches

Rind
2009
oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Private Collection

Cornered
2009
oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches

Hush!
2010
oil on wood
10 7/8 x 10 inches
Private Collection

Studio Wall I: The Clipping
2007
oil on wood panel
12 x 13 5/8 inches

Passage
2009
oil on wood
29 x 24 inches
Private Collection

One Pound French Roast - Whole Bean, with Left-overs
2009
oil on canvas
12 1/4 x 14 inches

Pots and Pans
2009
oil on canvas
42 x 40 inches

Press Release

The Tibor de Nagy Gallery is pleased to present new paintings by Richard Baker. The exhibition marks his third with the gallery. It will comprise small to large paintings of still lifes, many of them set before Cape Cod and Long Island landscapes. The paintings are populated with flowers—often tulips, books, old magazines, and photographs of family members and some well-known faces, carefully arranged across tabletops.

Although Baker's paintings are born out of keen observation and maintain fidelity to the objects at hand, he often upends the picture by ignoring traditional perspective, tilting the table toward the viewer. The objects defy gravity and remain in place. As a result the still life elements often appear to float, part of the pictorial space and yet part of another. This gives his work a surreal quality that is rarely associated with still life painting today

Richard Baker has exhibited widely throughout the United States. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and the New England Foundation for the Arts Grant.