David Baker - artist and photographer

Welcome to my art Projects. Here you will find my original watercolour and acrylic paintings since October 2012 and hundreds of recognisable and artistic photographs.

My Art

I’m a visual artist and photographer in Adelaide, South Australia. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of media and techniques to get the feeling I want to express in my art.

I like the words of Monet where he says that "a landscape (or indeed anything ed) does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.

My favorite artists are Picasso (because he matured from behaving like a child to painting like one) and Andy Warhol (because he made the ordinary, extraordinary).

I have a conversation with my paintings and photographs as I work - developing shape, structure, layers, colour, light and texture. The final outcome is a collaboration of tension, movement, energy and passion.

I like contradiction - real and mystical; rhythmic and chaos in the urban; the dangerous and carefree beach; "on a mission" yet lazy sight-seers; angry and delicate nature.

To view art is to taste it. Move around, talk to it, feel it, taste it, smell it, smile and enjoy the experience.

Have fun

David Baker FRSASA

Follow me on Facebook -I document and diary my art journey – aims, hopes, experiments, wins, failures, laughs and fun.

The Technique

  • Extravagant "drop-sheet" backdrops.
  • Mix acrylic / water colour on canvas.
  • Inks on canvas.
  • First, I "draw" the images with thick Gesso. If the shapes don't finally match - then there are echos / reinforcement / empathy / shadows.
  • Paint to canvas to draw main shapes and panels.
  • Very fine "straight" lines.
  • Soft brush, hard brush, broom bristles and foam.
  • Plastic sheet and paper.
  • Paint scrapers, trowels and traditional palette knives.
  • Finger and hand work.


The Projects

I have several projects on the go at one time -

  • I’m painting for blokes. F1 car racing, Holden cars (Adelaide is losing Holden as a manufacturer and I’m recording some icons on canvas), military planes and ships and sport. Tension. Anxiety. Power. Human and machine are one.
  • Contemporary work that suggests.
  • 3D canvas. Front-lit, back-lit, sun-lit, slashed. Falling off the wall. Sitting on the floor. Suspended.
  • A Hybrid-Project, MacroArt, - macro photography of “juicy” acrylic morsels presented as amplified images onto metalic photographic paper or large canvas. “Cosmic” and “sub molecular” at the same time. The canvas can be hung on the wall or, unmounted canvas could be used to cover furniture, a door or even a wall.

Prints - framed or not; matted or not; no glass, plain glass, museum glass; print to canvas, paper, "metalic" paper; behind clear acrylic.

Photography

I love texture and macro photography, it creates a new world and has new dimensions - both micro and astronomical. I also drive for composition and balance without telling the whole story.

The Process

Facebook.com/JustArtingAround is my diary for new work and exhibitions. “Arting” is conducting an orchestra or dancing. It is a conglomerate / weave of emotions, colour, decisions, movement, materials, tools, position, composition. Every few seconds, a new decision, new feeling, new energy and excitement. To start I need an idea or two, canvas, gesso, colour, tools, paint wet on wet?, a few colours, mix on or off the canvas?, medium to add?. Then go. I get inside the painting, work from within, teasing-out, playing; colours, light and shapes dancing within families / communities. A new idea is born and the painting evolves until I come up for air. Sometimes that’s it. Sometimes a few highlight or shadow tweeks. Huge fun and excitement. Huge giving and getting back.

I have noticed that all canvas and paper (like marble) has a life within. It is my job, privilege, ambition to give form, personality and soul to that inner life.