Le Confluence was selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition in 2018.
Richard Baker's painting practice investigates 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.
Education: MA Creative Practice, Leeds Arts University. BA (Hons) Fine Art, Leeds Metroplitan University
Selected Exhibitions: The Wells Art Contemporary, online, 2020. The Hix Award Exhibition, The Hix Gallery, London, 2019. The London Contemporary Art Prize, the LCA Gallery, London, 2019. The Neo Art Prize Exhibition, Bolton Museum and Gallery, Bolton, 2019. The John Moores Painting Prize, The Walker Gallery, Liverpool, 2018. The Columbia Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London, 2018. The Lynn Painter-Stainer's Prize, Mall Galleries, London, 2018. The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, 2017. Contemporary Masters from Britain, Yantai Art Museum, Artall Gallery, Nanjing, Jiangsu Art Gallery, Nanjing and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, China, 2017.
Richard Baker is an award-winning painter. His paintings have been exhibited at The Royal Academy of Arts, London, The Mall Galleries, London, The Hix Gallery, London, The San Francisco Arts Institute and Leeds City Art Gallery, as well as various museums across China and the National Museum of Poland in Gdansk.
In 2020 Richard's work won the Wells Art Contemporary Patron's Prize. Previously, in 2019, Richard’s work was the winner of The Hix Award 2019. He was also awarded runner up in the London Contemporary Art Prize and shortlisted for the Neo Art Prize in the same year. In previous years, his work has been selected for the John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition (2018), 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).
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