John Baird

John Baird

Artist Profile

Biography

John Baird works across painting, collage and sculpture. His work is situated within the blurred territory where decoration and high art converge. Over his career, he has developed a signature flatness, in which foreground and background are indistinguishable.

This interwoven perspective provides Baird’s work with a certain degree of surrealism, the sentiments of which are amplified by his unorthodox material and colour choices. Collaged with found materials from demolition sites, his work calls upon the past lives of objects and the emotive qualities of the image. The interplay of past and present present a
“coded diary” within each work – a melting pot of time personal history. In Baird’s work nothing is as it seems, but rather than unsettling his viewer Baird’s surrealism provides familiarity – his images are landmarks of human experience. With the synesthetic harmony of Baird’s painterly toolbox, his works hum with the complex reality of experience that lies beyond simple concepts of the senses as mutually exclusive.

John Baird works across painting, collage and sculpture. His work is situated within the blurred territory where decoration and high art converge. Over his career, he has developed a signature flatness, in which foreground and background are indistinguishable.

This interwoven perspective provides Baird’s work with a certain degree of surrealism, the sentiments of which are amplified by his unorthodox material and colour choices. Collaged with found materials from demolition sites, his work calls upon the past lives of objects and the emotive qualities of the image. The interplay of past and present present a
“coded diary” within each work – a melting pot of time personal history. In Baird’s work nothing is as it seems, but rather than unsettling his viewer Baird’s surrealism provides familiarity – his images are landmarks of human experience. With the synesthetic harmony of Baird’s painterly toolbox, his works hum with the complex reality of experience that lies beyond simple concepts of the senses as mutually exclusive.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019 Selected Works, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Regatta, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2017 Running and Windward, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2016 Paintings and Ceramics, Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne
2016 John Baird, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2015 Horizon, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2014 John Baird, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2014 New Paintings, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2013 Spectacular Behaviour, Arthouse Gallery,
2013 Sydney Paintings, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2012 Recent Paintings, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2011 Paintings, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2010 Recent Works, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2008 John Baird, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2007 John Baird, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2006 Recent Paintings, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2005 Sculpture & Paper, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2004 Paintings & Sculpture, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2003 John Baird, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2002 Recent Paintings, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
1992 Aspects of Fatherhood, A.R.T Gallery, Melbourne
1990 John R Baird Peinture, Australian Embassy, Paris
1989 John R Baird Paintings, Roar Studios, Melbourne
1987 Fertility, Roar Studios, Melbourne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Summer Salon, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2016 Under the Sun, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney Works on Paper, Arthouse
Gallery, Sydney
2015 In the Still, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2015 Unfolding Splendour, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2013 Under the Sun, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2008 Salon 08, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2007 The Art of the Dog, Castlemaine Regional Gallery
2004 Collectors Show, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
2003 Collectors Show, Eastgate & Holst, Melbourne
1999 From the Arts End, Mornington Regional Gallery
1993 Roar Ten Years On, Artzone, Adelaide
1992 Roar Ten Years On, LaTrobe Valley Arts Centre
1992 Roar 11 Count to 10, Roar Studios, Melbourne
1991 Art In City Windows, City of Melbourne
1991 Random Sample, Roar Studios, Melbourne
1991 Roar 2 Summer Salon, Roar Studios, Melbourne
1989 Roar Summer Salon, Roar Studios, Melbourne
1988 The Yellow Show, Roar Studios, Melbourne

ARTWORKS

  • Middle C with light bulbJohn Baird Middle C with light bulb 2020 oil on panel 80 x 60cm

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  • Oboe and CelloJohn Baird Oboe and Cello 2020 oil on panel 80 x 60cm

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  • Pepper GrinderJohn Baird Pepper Grinder 2020 oil on panel 80 x 60cm

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  • Bell FloralJohn Baird Bell Floral 2019 oil and collage on panel 70 x 61cm

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  • White Stripe JugJohn Baird White Stripe Jug 2019 oil and collage on panel 60 x 45cm

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  • Red and Orange FloralJohn Baird Red and Orange Floral 2018 oil and collage on panel 151 x 151cm $11,000.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Table and ChairsJohn Baird Table and Chairs 2017 Acrylic and oil varnish on board 123.5 x 151cm

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