John Baker’s “Young Man with a Bouquet” is an acrylic painting on canvas with collage 48 x 36 inches in strong yellows, reds, blues and greens. The painting depicts a youth sadly contemplating his own insight bouquet. The melancholy in the young
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"Young Man with a Bouquet of his own Thoughts", John Baker, acrylic, collage

2005

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John Baker’s “Young Man with a Bouquet” is an acrylic painting on canvas with collage 48 x 36 inches in strong yellows, reds, blues and greens. The painting depicts a youth sadly contemplating his own insight bouquet. The melancholy in the young man’s face expresses his anguished awareness of the tragic rapidity with which his insights blossom and then fade, too quickly to be fully grasped let alone communicated to others. His sense of helplessness and resignation is reinforced by the body language of his shoulders and arms. In the high relief impasto of the flowers there is some solace: at least in the painting, and by the act of painting, the insights and awarenesses have been given physical mass and thus permanence. 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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  • Dimensions
    H 48 in. x W 36 in. x D 1.5 in.H 121.92 cm x W 91.44 cm x D 3.81 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Boston, MA
  • Reference Number
    LU50033799441
  • Seller Reference Number
    Baker_Young Man with a Bouquet of his own Thoughts
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