Richard Baker untitled (Tulip and Cityscape) charcoal on paper 1999
image: 36 x 20 inches frame: 44 1/4 x 27 1/2 inches
Richard Baker was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1959. He attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (1977-79) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA (1979-81).
Still-life painter Richard Baker speaks of himself as "in love with the surfaces of this world." He is best known in Provincetown for his renderings of the humble tulip tucked into ribbons of foliage, and for his affectionate, compelling portraits of iconic paperback book covers.
Baker has been doing book portraiture exhibits at Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown, which he joined 25 years ago, since 2004. Expect a sizable crowd at the 8 p.m. opening of his new show at Merola on Friday, June 30, at 424 Commercial St., because Baker, now in his late 50s, has long had a local following, as a Fine Arts Work Center fellow and visual arts coordinator, and as a member of the legendary Group Gallery. He also shows his still lifes at Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York.
Beach at South Carolina - 2018
graphite and colored pencil.
24" X 30"
In 2009 Minneapolis-based writer Susannah Schouweiler wrote of Dietrich Sieling's work: "His drawings are marked by their intricate pattern-work, a conjunction of human and animal forms, and his wonderfully weird play with perspective and text." And that his work felt to her "too fully realized, too consistent in their visual motifs and artistic vision, to be the work of someone just 21 years old." She also remarked, "Sieling's artwork has already sparked the interest of prominent art collectors and garnered a fair amount of positive critical attention."
Dietrich Sieling lives in Minneapolis and is a full-time artist. He was born in 1988 and diagnosed with autism when he was three.
Inspirations for Dietrich's work include calligraphy, a fascination with animals both scary and beloved - dogs and owls were (and are) terrifying, while kudus, zebras, and giraffes are beloved. Friends, family and self are also important subjects - drawn with special attention. Also providing great inspiration are fellow artists and musicians Jim Denomie, Angelena and Korla Luckeroth, Michael Gaughan (Brother and Sister, Ice Rod) Markus Lunkenheimer (Skoal Kodiac) Andy Fritz, (Tender Meat) and Melodious Owl.
His aspirations include buying the old New French Cafe building, installing a spraying hose, and painting the floors with zebra and giraffe patterns.
First Summer of the Century
Framed Lithograph By Douglas Marr
Doug's style of painting developed over the years, reflecting his stages of life. Doug's brilliant realist paintings early on featured bright vibrant colors, while in the later years, he painted scenes that projected a sense of calm and peace. During high school, he developed an interest in painting which years later, would prove to be one of his legacies.
In the 1970s, Doug, along with his father and a business partner, launched The Athlete's Foot in one tiny store on King Street in Waterloo. It was the first-of-a-kind concept in Canada - a store that focused solely on athletic footwear and clothing, which other large corporations soon copied. The business grew to become a national chain of stores.
With the economic recession in the late1980s, the Athlete's Foot Ltd. closed and Doug decided that becoming an artist was the way he would now make a living. It was a typical decision that Doug would make. Take a risk, come up with a plan, dive in full force, and just go for it.
He moved to Hawaii and began painting. In order to sell his art, he hired a Hawaiian to pretend to be the artist. This was the beginning of Doug's artistic success.
In the summer of 1992, he moved to Provincetown, Massachusetts where he met Carlos who would become his partner, both in business and in love.