Charming Baker Featured Art Print
Solo exhibitions include the Truman Brewery London 2007, Redchurch Street Gallery London 2009, New York Studio Gallery NYC 2010, Mercer Street London 2011 and Milk Studios LA 2013. He has also exhibited with the Fine Art Society, collaborated with the British fashion legend Sir Paul Smith who has not only bought a number of Charming Baker paintings, but has also installed Charming Baker as the global ambassador of the Paul Smith London line. Paul Smith photographed Charming Baker for a campaign himself and has underwritten a short film about the artist. The two have collaborated on a sculpture, Triumph in the Face of Absurdity, for the London 2012: Britain Creates' project which celebrated the year of London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The piece, an aluminium cast of a carbon track bike, was on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Although primarily a painter with an interest in narrative and an understanding of the tradition of painting, Baker has produced sculptural pieces in a wide and varied choice of materials, (from the anciently traditional to the not so). Baker is also known to purposefully damage his delicate painting, including drilling, cutting and occasionally shooting them with a shotgun, intentionally and inadvertently putting to question the preciousness of art, and adding to the emotive charge of the work he produces. The fact that his real name is Alan in no way undermines Charming Baker's natural charm.
Damien Hirst says of Baker’s work; “It’s hard to say exactly what makes a painting great Its flatness and its depth, its ease and its complexity, a kind of preciousness that's also kind of throwaway, a risk factor. Who gives a damn? Charming Baker's paintings are great”.