Jane Deering Gallery
Chris Baker | Transcriptions
July 1 - August 7 . 2016
Jane Deering Gallery . 19 Pleasant Street . Gloucester MA 01930
Thursday - Sunday . 12noon - 5pm . and by appointment
917-902-4359

Chris Baker is never far from the coast, maintaining studios in Sedgwick Maine near Penobscot Bay and in Carpinteria California, a spit of land below Santa Barbara. The light is strong and clear in both regions, reflecting colors that run true and bright, and Baker has come to embrace these natural gifts. His palette does not hold back. Colors are high-key and bold-sharp, and the range is abundant. So too is the range of his subject matter. At the moment, he’s also never far from masterpiece paintings. ‘I love copying’ Baker says. Copying, known as transcription, has historically been an essential method of study, leading to a greater understanding of how a painting was produced.

In recent years, Baker has traveled widely to look closely at masterpieces by Rembrandt, Giorgione, Velázquez and Titian. The transcriptions in this exhibition go far beyond interpretations. Baker’s ability to absorb compositional elements is equalled by his insistence on interrupting them. What he gleans, he also ignores. What he assimilates, he also eliminates. Insight allows for
release and invention.

Also included in the exhibition is a series titled Faces, each one a beguiling portrait in which Baker has judiciously selected the most relevant information, abstracting all others. Portrayal/betrayal.

Chris Baker studied at the Clay Art Center, Portchester, NY and the New York School of Painting, Drawing & Sculpture, New York City; and has been resident at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in California and New England. Baker maintains a studio practice in Carpinteria CA and Sedgwick ME. This is his fourth solo show at Jane Deering Gallery.

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