Man of the World - Painting by John Baker
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John Baker
Man of the World

2013

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John Baker’s “Man of the World”, an acrylic painting on canvas with collage, 27.5 x 21 inches, in muted neutral tones highlighted by lemon and golden yellows and chalky reds, is from the artist’s “Mask” series. The easy confidence of the sitter and the casual way he displays his mask to the viewer seem almost innocuous, yet a deception is, of course, implied. Yet the deception itself is inscrutable as neither the handsome, face of the man nor the rather lifeless physiognomy of the mask reveal any motive or purpose to the deception. The sides are unpainted and the painting is signed and dated on the reverse. 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 influence of 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.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 27.5 in. x W 21 in. x D 1.5 in.H 69.85 cm x W 53.34 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU50033799301
  • Seller Reference Number
    Baker_Man of the World
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