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John Baker
"Man of the World", acrylic, mixed media, collage, painting, portrait, neutral

2013

$2,400

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John Baker’s “Man of the World”, an acrylic painting on canvas with collage, an imaginary portrait 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. 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 action. 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 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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