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John Baker
"A Reversal of Roles", John Baker, acrylic, canvas, collage, neutrals, red, blue

2018

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John Baker’s “A Reversal of Roles”, an acrylic painting on canvas with collage in muted neutral tones strongly highlighted by rich reds and blues, is from the artist’s “multiple personality” series. The young model and the old artist have changed places: she has drawn him! The range of contradictory moods expressed in her face must be part of why the image she has created, part watercolor and part pencil drawing, is so inexplicable: the senior citizen peers oddly out from a midnight blue, nocturnal urban scene complete with celestial details. The painting is signed and dated on the reverse and is housed in a hand-carved, mid-century modernist frame of high quality. 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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  • Dimensions
    H 45 in. x W 39 in.H 114.3 cm x W 99.06 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU50035164511
  • Seller Reference Number
    Baker_A Reversal of Roles
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