Brooklyn based representational painter Richard Baker pushes trompe l’œil to new, very playful levels, as he explores just how far the eye can be fooled. From book covers, tulips, toys to candy and cocktails, his powers of representation remain endlessly at play with themselves on the painted plane. Whether in front of the dunes of Cape Cod or the Long Island Sound the objects Baker's still life paintings never cease to remain still in the eyes of the viewer.
Richard Baker was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1959. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore followed by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States and has been the recipient of several prestigious awards and grants including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, the New England Foundation for the Arts Grant and the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.