Suzanne Baker

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Suzanne BakerSuzanne Baker

Galleries

  • NEWINGTON GALLERY SE17

Statement

Having graduated from the London College of Printing in 1982 Suzanne Baker followed a successful career as Art Director for British Vogue, the Tatler and Conran Design Group.  From 1996 she has painted full-time - first in Madrid and now in London and shows her work in both solo and mixed exhibitions. 

Currently her paintings start off as personal memories of a particular experience.  Using oil on canvas she then edits, reducing the image to one with enough emotional content to allow the viewer to trigger their own memories and reflect their experience and story.  Prior to this, her work was based on observation, painting and drawing in front of the motif, and including landscape, cityscape and people.

 "Corot once said 'I have only a small flute but I try to play it in tune'.  He really was modest and so is Suzanne Baker.  As I was looking at a group of her recent paintings I noticed that I was becoming more relaxed and quiet.  They showed me the sort of places that I like, but the 'views' were filtered and sifted through Suzanne's temperament so that I was given the double pleasure of being in a nice place with a nice person. 

Suzanne began by studying graphic design but soon found that she really wanted to paint.  She received help from various classes but she discovered the essence of her pictorial self on her own.  I think this is just as well since her essence lay within."  FRANCIS HOYLAND  SEPTEMBER 2008

 

 

 

Biography

2018 - 2019Turps Studio Programme, London SE17
2017 - 2018Turps Correspondence Course, London SE17
1998New York Studio School, New York.
1996 - 1998Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.
1979 - 1982London College of Printing - Honours Degree in Graphic Design -
1978 - 1979London College of Printing - Foundation course in Visual Communication with Distinction

 

 

CAREER  HISTORY

1994 – 1996    Freelance Art Director -  Clients included Redwood Publishing, Conde Nast Publications, Emap      and Marks and Spencer.  Projects included 6 month contract as Art Director at Elle; Harvey Nichols Magazine - launch and first three issues;  design and art direction of Vogue Futures, a 396 page illustrated book.

1990 – 1994    British Vogue - Art Director

1988 – 1990    Tatler - Art Director Special Projects

1985 – 1988    Conran Design Group - Senior Designer

1983 – 1985    Freelance Designer  

1982 – 1983    Tatler – Art Assistant 


Exhibition History

2019155a Gallery, Winter Art Fair, London SE22
2019The Koppel Project, Freeze-Frame, Fast Forward, London W1F
2019The Art Academy, Newington Gallery, London SE17
2019Peckham Festival at Acme Galleria, London SE15
2019Turps Leavers Show at Turps Gallery. London SE17
2018Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London W1
2017Solo Show at The Old Cinema, London W4
2017Joint Show at Llewellyn Alexander, London SE1
2016Mixed Summer Exhibition at The Russell Gallery, Putney
2016The Summer Show at The Lovely Gallery, Sydenham
2016Joint Show at The Mall Galleries London SW1 Lynn Painter Stainers Show
2015Joint Show at Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London W1
2013Joint Show at Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London W1
2013Joint Show at Llewellyn Alexander, London SE1
2012Joint Show at Cork Brick Gallery, Bungay, Suffolk
2008Solo Show at Piers Feetham Gallery, London SW6
2005Joint Show at The Russell Gallery, Putney, London SW15
2004Solo Show at Piers Feetham Gallery, London SW6
2004The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London
2003Joint Show at The Mall Galleries London SW1
2003Joint Show at Lauderdale House, London N6
2003Joint Show at Bettie Morton Gallery, London SW9
2002Solo Show at the Wigmore Hall, London W1
2002Solo Show at the Chelsea Arts Club, London SW3
2001Solo Show at Piers Feetham Gallery, London SW6
2000Joint Show at Modern Artists Gallery, Whitchurch, Oxon
1999Studio Show Madrid, Spain