Charming Baker: 'All This is Yours'

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 to Sunday, 28 January 2018
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Following the unveiling of over one hundred duckling portraits for his All This is Yours installation at Soho Beach House Miami, internationally acclaimed artist Charming Baker’s exhibition is travelling to London. Jealous are delighted to present Baker’s beautifully intricate graphite Duckling Drawings alongside his 30ft upside-down toy aeroplane sculpture ‘Assemblage to Induce Mild Anxiety’ at our Shoreditch Gallery.

At the end of last year, Soho Beach House commissioned Charming Baker to create an installation during Art Basel week. Created in two chapters; inside the House Baker exhibited 153 original portrait drawings of ducklings while outside Baker installed an oversized toy plane on the white sands of the House’s private Beach.

For four days only, Jealous East will be the landing strip for Baker’s installation, bringing the works to a UK audience for the first time in the exhibition ‘All This is Yours’.

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Charming Baker lives and work in London, although he was born in Hampshire 1964. He spent much of his early life travelling around the world following his father, a Commando in the British Army. At the age of 12, he and his family finally settled in Ripon, North Yorkshire. Baker left school at 16 and worked various manual jobs and in 1985, having gone back to college, he was accepted onto a course at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s, where he later returned as a lecturer. After graduating, Baker worked for many years as a commercial artist as well as developing his personal work. Baker has also exhibited with the Fine Art Society, collaborated with Sir Paul Smith for a sculpture entitled ‘Triumph in the Face of Absurdity’ which was displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, continues to be committed to creating work to raise money for many charities and has recently been commissioned to be a presenter on The Art Show. His work is in many international collections.

Although Baker has produced sculptural pieces in a wide and varied choice of materials as well as many large-scale and detailed drawings, he remains primarily a painter with an interest in narrative and an understanding of the tradition of painting. Known to purposefully damage his work by drilling, cutting and even shooting it, Baker intentionally puts in to question the preciousness of art and the definition of its beauty, adding to the emotive charge of the work he produces. Indeed Edward Lucie-Smith has described Baker’s paintings as having, “something more, a kind of romantic melancholy that is very British. And sometimes the melancholy turns out to have sharp claws. The pictures make you sit up and examine your conscience.”

 

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53 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3PT

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