Richard Baker, Tom Burckhardt

Book Covers

April 23 – May 22, 2009

RICHARD BAKER
Cornered
2009
oil on canvas
40 x 60 inches

RICHARD BAKER
Animal Farm
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
As I Lay Dying
2008
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Babel
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
The Carrot Seed
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
The Communist Manifesto
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Death of a Ghost
2008
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
Dubliners
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Easy to Kill
2008
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Franny and Zooey
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Gasoline
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
Goodbye to All That
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
Goodnight Moon
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Herself Surprised
2008
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
The Job
2005
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
Kafka Trial
2005
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
The Longest Journey
2008
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Love Poems (Tentative Title)
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
Lunch Poems
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
May 24th OR SO
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
A Nest of Ninnies
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
Parables and Paradoxes
2005
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

RICHARD BAKER
Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror
2009
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches
private collection

RICHARD BAKER
The Theater and its Double
2005
gouache on paper
12 x 10 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
Embezzled Heaven
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches
private collection

TOM BURCKHARDT
Palm Pilot
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
16 1/2 x 11 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
Searchlight
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
The Event Horizon
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
priavte collection

TOM BURCKHARDT
Nothing to Pay
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
7 3/4 x 10 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
A Nest
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
Jefferson and Hamilton
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
9 x 11 inches
priavte collection

TOM BURCKHARDT
Blue Sky Boys
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
10 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
Camping for Crippled Children
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
8 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
English Literature
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
12 1/2 x 19 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
Simple Folk
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
8 1/4 x 11 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
The Greenest Garden
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
11 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
Disenchanted
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
7 3/4 x 10 inches

TOM BURCKHARDT
America Now
2008
colored pencil and acrylic on book cover
12 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
priavte collection

Press Release

Tibor de Nagy Gallery is please to present a two person exhibition featuring works on paper by Richard Baker and paintings by Tom Burckhardt. Both artists employ book covers as the basis for their works, but to very different ends.

Tom Burckhardt repurposes old book covers and uses them to paint on. His paintings are mostly abstract with figurative elements including tracings of his hand and the outlines of artist’s palettes. Some of the pieces incorporate elements of the book covers, using details as compositional elements. In some he has used the front and back of the book covers to create diptychs.

Richard Baker has painted actual size interpretations of paperback book covers, including classic titles mostly from the 1950s to the 1960s including William Faulkner, Virginia Wolf, and Franz Kafka, among others. He includes the details of not only the images themselves but also the wear and tear of the years, by capturing every crease, splotch or imperfection. He also includes the spine of the books in perspective, which not only depicts the books as objects, but also creates the illusion of space around the books.

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.

Tom Burckhardt has had many one-person exhibitions, including Full Stop, presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut in 2006. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the International Association of Art Critics Award, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and two Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grants.