Richard Baker’s painting practice is an investigation into the hidden human histories behind seemingly insignificant objects. Often ignored, they bear witness to sensuous activity, be it remembered, lived, forgotten, or mythologised. In these modestly scaled works, the depicted objects are presented dislocated from their conventional domestic settings and isolated within an intangible space. The objects appear as unadorned formal arrangements in a painterly restaging of the interrelationship of material, image, object and time.
Baker’s work has been exhibited internationally and has won the Wells Art Contemporary Patron’s Prize and The Hix Award, and been shortlisted for the London Contemporary Art Prize and the Neo Art Prize. He studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University and a Masters in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University.