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John Baker
"Madman I", acrylic painting, portrait, collage, figure, insanity, grey, brown

2018

$3,200

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John Baker’s “Madman I” is an acrylic painting on canvas with collage, 27.25 x 23 inches, an imaginary portrait in muted tones of brown and grey. From the artist’s “Insanity” series, the painting is a study of pathological hyper-control. The compulsive, detailing of the jacket and tie, and the psychotic contortion of the proper right arm and hand, express the sense of the figure’s hopeless confinement within his own symptom structures. The counterpoints of the tousled hair and the free gestures around the head provide aesthetic relief from the rigid madness, as does the right side of the face, which, however detailed in execution nonetheless adds a sense of unfinish and freshness. The painting is signed and dated on the reverse and wears a carved early 20th Century frame. John Baker is a widely exhibited painter based in Boston and New York whose solo exhibitions have been favorably reviewed in the Boston Globe (his paintings demonstrate that the human figure as a source of fresh ideas still endures), Art New England (Baker’s collages raise a bunch of interesting issues) and American Art Collector (John Baker’s wonderful and worthy project). A native of New York City, Baker was a pupil of Donald Judd for two years. The sculptor’s constructivist method remains an influence on Baker’s collage process, but Baker’s artistic results are more sensual and emotional as he adds the elements of subtle color harmony and reliance on impulse. Baker is represented by Fountain Street Gallery in Boston, MA.

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