John R. Baird
Pastoral, acrylic, shellac on board, 90 x 120 cm
Over the Side, oil on board, 122 x 150 cm
Gingham Tabelcloth (He takes no notice of her spectacular behaviour), oil on board, 150 x 122
Radish, acylic, fabric, shellac on board, 90 x 120 cm
Wicker Lamp, oil and shellac on board, 150 x 120 cm
Dolores, oil on board, 153 x 125 cm
At the Table, oil on board, 150 x 22 cm
Vera, oil on board, 61 x 54 cm
Off the Pier, oil on board, 150 x 112 cm
Baird’s practice encompasses both painting and sculpture in a distinctive, bold style. His work often investigates the interior landscape of domestic life and the slippage between utilitarianism and decoration. The comfortable chair, the dressing table or the floral arrangement are all elevated from the commonplace.
Baird explores the activities we engage in as well as the objects that surround us. He plays with the traditional genre of still life in a distinctive whimsical style; fantastical flowers sit majestically amongst stylized interiors, whilst his figures bend and twist themselves into frame. Vintage fabrics and wallpapers are collaged into his latest compositions giving texture to the surface, spatial depth, and the impression of woodblock printing.
John Baird at ArtHouse Gallery
John Baird at Eastgate & Holst Gallery
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