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The Man Behind The Art

Rich Baker has spent years working professionally in the creative arts; a singer, musician, performer and accomplished songwriter, he has spent most of his adult life looking at the world with a creative eye.  With an interest in metal work and a basis in welding, Rich wanted to expand on these skills and began experimenting with artistic welding.   
Creating simple sculptures with an attitude that anything is possible with enough vision and determination and using a mixture of forging and welding, he took the leap to practice his art full time in 2011 and has continued to grow and experiment with techniques and methods and mixed materials.
Rich has shown and sold his work at the One of a Kind show Toronto, the Burlington Centre for Arts Art Festival in Burlington, Art in the Park in Stratford and at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, to name a few.  He continues to expand his art through commissions and ongoing shows.
Rich currently resides in the countryside of Southwestern Ontario with his wife, daughter, cats and various wildlife that wander by.  He is inspired by the art we see in everyday life.

Artist Statement

My art is continually evolving but always focused on realistic representations of the world around us.  Sheets of metal transform to vibrant manifestations of the human, animal and natural form.  The process of manipulating steel is not planned but rather instinctive; the figure springs forth from the imagination, the textures, shapes and colorations coming together as I hammer, grind and weld each component.  I follow no guide or single school of technique, allowing my creativity and multiple metalworking disciplines to come together as needed.  Fluid movement is always present, whether shown in muscle texture, wind or water currents.  
Each piece is inspired by the vivid beauty I witness every day, the completion is a testament to the rich material I draw on.  Through the study of form and function, the practice of exploring the elements of the raw materials I work with, and a desire to always elevate the craftsmanship of my art, each sculpture grows and moves in its own way.  

Selected Exhibitions
2019 "The View from Here" Solo Exhibition, Algonquin Art Centre, Huntsville, Ontario
2018 Group Exhibition, Algonquin Art Centre, Huntsville, Ontario
2017 Heintzman House, Markham, Ontario (permanent exhibit)
2017 Elora Sculpture Project, Elora, Ontario (permanent exhibit)
2017 Group Exhibition, Stratford Art in the Park, Stratford, Ontario
2017 Group Exhibition, Algonquin Art Centre, Huntsville, Ontario
2016 Group Exhibition, Art in the Park, Stratford, Ontario
2016 Metamorphosis, Algonquin Art Centre, Huntsville, Ontario
2015 Group Exhibition, Metiers d'Art, Montreal, Quebec
2015 Arta Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2015 Wetlands, Algonquin Art Centre, Huntsville, Ontario
2015 Group Exhibition, Art in the Park, Stratford, Ontario
2014 One of a Kind Show, Toronto, Ontario
2014 Summer Show, Muskoka Arts & Crafts, Bracebridge, Ontario
2014 Game, Ontario Society of Artists, Toronto, Ontario
2014 March Madness, Headwaters Arts, Alton, Ontario
2013 Group Exhibition, Kingsbrae Gardens, St. Andrews, New Brunswick
2013 Art in the Park, Oakville Art Society, Oakville, Ontario
2013 Group Exhibition, Rails End Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario
2013 Summer Show, Muskoka Arts & Crafts, Bracebridge, Ontario
2012 Cinematic: Film Inspired Contemporary Art, Hyatt Regency, Toronto, Ontario
2012 Dockside Festival of the Arts, Gravenhurst, Ontario
2012 Fine Art and Craft Festival, Burlington Art Centre, Burlington, Ontario
2011 Artworks Show and Sale, Kitchener, Ontario
2011 Festival of Art, Grimsby, Ontario
Canada 150 Permanent Display, Town of Fergus, Township of Centre Wellington, Ontario
Canada 150 Permanent Display, Markham Gardens, City of Markham, Ontario
Works held in private collections in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Belize, Bali, and China.

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