James Baker is a UK painter, print-maker and designer. His work offers evocative glimpses of an 'other world'. Drawn from a continual response to the visual oddities of globalisation. A world he has entitled Yesyoucanistan, in which he claims to be a visual tourist.
This dystopia of his own creation, references inherent nostalgic notions of travel and global exploration with the bizarre and exhilarating spectacles of globalisation and cultural collusion. A last frontier of the Eastern and Western commercial and cultural invasion.
This dialogue provides a unique vehicle for his progressive and often boombastic practise.. Influenced by the genres of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Abstraction, James Baker mixes their legacy with styles emerging from urban spray can painters. He is a member of the Neo-Celebrationist movemnet. He is unafraid to mix traditional painting and print-making techniques with modern industrial materials and mass-produced objects. Despite only graduating in 2008 James Baker has already been shown across the UK, Australia and in the USA.
January 2012, Summer Exhibition, Buratti Fine Art, Perth, Australia
January 2012, Summer Exhibition, Trafic Jam Galleries, Sydney, Australia
December 2010, Mixed Tape, Raw Galleries,Melbourne, Australia