'Flocked Panda Head' by Charming Baker, 2019.
Special edition "wrapping paper" print from The Big Issue charity event based on the artist's sold out Half Pint series.
19.75 x 27.5 Inches
Screen print on white 100gsm poster art paper.
Limited Edition of 250 (Sold Out).
Hand-signed by the artist bottom left.
Born in Hampshire 1964, Charming Baker spent most 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. Baker left school at 16 and worked various manual jobs.
In 1985, having gone back to college, Baker was accepted onto a course at the prestigious Central Saint Martin’s, where he later returned as a lecturer. After graduating, Baker worked for many years as a commercial artist, also developing his personal work.
Solo shows at the Truman Brewery in 2007 and the Redchurch Street Gallery in 2009 were followed by a show in New York in 2010. In 2011, Baker’s London show at the Mercer Street Studios cemented his place as one of the rising stars in the world of Contemporary Art. In 2012, a sculpture entitled ‘Triumph in the face of absurdity’ was displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, (the piece, a collaboration for the 2012 Olympics between the artist and Sir Paul Smith).
Baker’s work explores well-trodden and intrinsically linked themes; life, love, death, terror, joy, despair… with an underlying reference to the classics and a dark humour. Although primarily a painter with an interest in narrative and an understanding of the tradition of painting, in recent years Baker has produced sculptural pieces in a wide and varied choice of materials, (from the anciently traditional to the not so). Baker is also known to purposefully damage his delicate painting, including drilling, cutting and occasionally shooting them with a shotgun, intentionally and inadvertently putting to question the preciousness of art, and adding to the emotive charge of the work he produces.
Charming Baker lives and works in London.
ABOUT THE ART
The Big Issue is delighted to reveal that this week’s edition of the magazine is an art special, guest edited by Charming Baker, one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Built on a theme of Tipping Point, the special edition of the magazine features an array of British visual art heavyweights, all contributing unique and bespoke work.
The theme itself comes from Charming Baker. There are, he said, key decisive moments that lives can hinge on, moments that can tip things up or down. Big Issue vendors know more keenly than most how delicate the balance can be, and how quickly that tipping point can have negative – or down the road, positive – effects.
In honour of the art special edition, Baker has reached out to the art world and asked individuals to delve into their work archives and pick a piece of art representing a Tipping Point. The result is a veritable who’s who of Brit Art and fashion. It includes Jonathan Yeo, Sir Peter Blake, Rachel Howard, Hugo Wilson, Antony Micallef, Mat Collishaw, Keith Tyson, Sue Webster & Tim Noble, David Shrigley and Sir Paul Smith, while Cornelia Parker shares her Letter to my Younger Self.
It’s testament to The Big Issue’s value in British society that these, and many others, signed up straight away to get involved.
Charming Baker commented: “I felt truly honoured to be asked to guest edit this special art edition. Crucial times for us are just as much about when we’re tipped into success, as when we’re tipped out. Small differences ultimately make the one big difference. And for me that’s what the Big Issue is about.”