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Jonathan Baker

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graffiti/street-art, modern, surrealism, pop, mixed-media, arts-education, research


Bio / Creative Statement:
My artwork embraces both the classical tenants of academic fine art painting and contemporary graphic design. While these two categories can be mutually exclusive, I attempt to incorporate both approaches when making visual art. My practical work experience in the commercial printing industry and museum technology is acknowledged when developing an image. I try to create a narrative that must be interpreted by the viewer, similar to both dream analyses and comic books. Metaphysical concepts are coupled with popular imagery in terms of symbols and cultural references.

My paintings are mixed media, acrylic and oil based mediums on stretched canvas. In general, the artwork appears in the same layout and dimensions as movie posters, which force viewers to draw their own conclusion regarding content and story. I juxtapose ironic and novel concepts that are recognizable, but create a profound realization—or lame joke. Both humor and terror are essential components of the artwork.

Many paintings, but not all, contain “glow-in-the-dark” acrylic elements. Light is held captive, and becomes an interactive element.

Recent Exhibits

Jonathan Baker participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2014 in dreams
11:11 ACC Gallery
Sep, 2013 City & Self
Red Pipe Gallery
May, 2013 Leslie Cheung in Korea
Apr, 2013 Remember the days of being wild Leslie Cheung Special Exhibition
Moon Gallery Hong Kong
Aug, 2011 ARTERY Lantern Festival @ El Cid
El Cid
Feb, 2010 "Message in a Bottle" group show @ SOLID GALLERY ONE
Solid Gallery One
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