Esme Baker

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Esme Baker

Life is full of sparkles - small moments of delight, hidden amongst the routine and repetition. I aim to translate mundane objects into something visually interesting while retaining some sense of the original.
I enjoy when items are not fully exposed: by abstracting or concealing the item in some way, I shift the focus away from the original subject matter and onto the painting.

The production of each painting is a challenge. I find that changes and experiments need to happen, for better or worse, on the surface of each painting. Results perhaps surprise, delight or horrify but, I feel, need to be resolved with paint. This gives me the freedom to rework the problem over and over, translating the image from my head to the canvas.

In order for a painting to be successful I believe it should be complete within itself, without explanation or back story. For me, it just has to feel right.

2005 – 2010 Chelsea College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art
2003 – 2005 City Lit, London, Art Foundation

July 2011 Collective Studios group show, Dolphin Square, Pimlico
Nov 2010 Warborough Gallery, Oxford
Sept 2010 Debut, John Martin Gallery, London
Aug 2010 Flock, GX Gallery, Camberwell, London
June 2010 Degree Show 10, Cheslea college of Art and Design, London
Sept 2009 Unrelated Acts, The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, London
Feb 2008 VAULT, Shoreditch Town Hall, London
June 2007 The Stannery Show, Stannery Street, London
July 2006 Venir, Arendal, Norway
May 2006 This Way Up, TemporaryContemporary, Deptford, London
March 2006 Cigarettes and Alcohol, The Grosvenor, Grosvenor Road, London

Prior to attending art college I have 12 years experience as a project manager working for various large organisations.