Study for a Portrait of an Unknown Woman
‘Study For a Portrait of an Unknown Woman’ is a fantastic print from highly sought after contemporary artist Charming Baker. This Archival inkjet with a 2 colour Silkscreen and Varnish overlay is from a Limited Edition of 80 and printed on 330gsm Somerset Satin Enhanced paper.
This striking piece was released at the London Original Print Fair in May 2016. Charming Baker’s work are closely linked with themes of life, love, death, terror, joy, despair but with an underlying reference to classics and a dark humour which can be seen in this fantastic Limited Edition print.
‘‘Study For a Portrait of an Unknown Woman’ encompasses a portrait of what appears to be a young girl dressed in a yellow dress, white socks and pumps but her face is blurred out by a bright white light. ‘Study For a Portrait of an Unknown Woman’ is signed and numbered by the artist.
Limited Edition Print
This is a limited edition print of 80. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (CM): 76 X 94
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About the Artist
Charming Baker paints in oil on canvas, linen, wood and paper, and creates sculptural work cast in bronze and aluminium. He has had a string of international sell-out shows, and his work fetches upwards of 40,000. His fans include Damien Hirst, British collector Frank Cohen, gallerist Harry Blain and New York dealer Alberto Mugrabi (who owns the world's largest Warhol collection), Born in Hampshire 1964, Charming Baker 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. Charming Baker left school at 15 to work as a road digger. He went to London aged 21 and sneaked into the graphic design course at the prestigious Central Saint Martin. He didn't want to be a graphic designer, but the course seemed more open-spirited. After graduation, Baker worked as a teacher at the Central Saint Martin and did other odd jobs while continuing to paint at home. His graphic-design training can be seen in his work in the patterned backgrounds he likes to paint on most of his canvases.
In early 2006, the graffiti-art enthusiast Tim Fennell heard about Baker's work. He visited Charming Baker’s flat, bought four works for about £500 each, and persuaded Charming Baker to let him organise an exhibition at the Truman Brewery, a hire space on Brick Lane in east London favoured by trendy urban artists. In 2008 a successful exhibition in Los Angeles came to the attention of Pat Magnarella, the manager of the rock band Green Day. Pat Magnarella hadn't represented artists before, but felt that there were parallels between acting for painters and musicians. Roger Klein, creative director for Pat Magnarella, put his publicity machine into action and organised a sell-out Shoreditch show. The show made people want in, people such as Damien Hirst.
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”.
Charming Baker's work is figurative, and painterly. He calls himself a 'traditionalist'. It is sometimes dark and often humorous, with sharp and clever titles. It is simultaneously beautiful and disturbing. His biggest influence, he says, is the master horse painter George Stubbs. Animals (and their relationship with man) frequently crop up in his paintings. He also admires the romanticism of John Constable's landscapes. The subjects he's obsessed with are, like most artists, sex and death. He likes the medium of paint, but what he is interested in is the idea of reality and unreality, the human condition, death. He has shot paintings and drilled holes in them because he's interested in the dichotomies of existence. In an interview with GQ magazine he said, “I don't have the words to explain the joy and terror in life, the way they coexist”. He believes that death poses the question of whether it's worth doing anything, but the answer is yes, because the moment is intensely important. Charming Baker considers his work to be 'grassroots', with muted colours and understated sensibility. He is often inspired by old photos from Seventies magazines. He enjoys finding odd details, like a piece of tape or a shadow across a hand. He's visited Natural History Museums for inspiration, and even had tea with a woman who owns 200 rabbits. He embraces dreary British things like the weather and bleak pub humour, which he finds intrinsically romantic. The models for his paintings and sculptural moulds are often is own children; between them, he and his wife have five.