Contemporary painter, Leeds, UK
About the Artist
Richard Baker is an award winning painter. He studied Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University completing a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2003. His paintings have been exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, The Mall Galleries, London, The San Francisco Arts Institute, Leeds City Art Gallery, as well as various museums across China and the National Museum of Poland in Gdansk. In 2018 Richard completed a Masters Degree in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University.
In recent years Richard’s work has won the Hix Award (2019), been shortlisted the Neo Art Prize (2019) and awarded runner up in the London Contemporary Art Prize (2019) as well as being selected for the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition (2018). His work has also 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 (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010) and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2012, 2009).
Richard’s paintings are 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.