Richard Baker’s painting practice investigates the hidden human histories behind seemingly insignificant household objects. Often ignored, these objects bear witness to human sensuous activity, be it remembered, lived, forgotten, or mythologised. In these intimately scaled works, the depicted objects are presented dislocated from their conventional domestic settings and isolated within an intangible space. The objects appear as stark formal arrangements in a painterly restaging of the relationship that exists between materiality, image and object.
Richard Baker studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University; he completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2003, and is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in Creative Practice. His paintings have been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally.
In recent years Richard’s work has been selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition (2018), the Marmite Prize for Painting Exhibition (2016), The Lynn Painter-Stainer’s Prize Exhibition (2018, 2016), The Discerning Eye Exhibition (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010) and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2012, 2009).
He currently instructs Painting, Studio Practice and Exhibition Management on the BA Fine Art course at Leeds Arts University, alongside his practice.
Fridge, 2017. Oil on calico over board, 20cm x 15cm.