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’s work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions accross
Australia, and is represented in major collections including the National Gallery of Victoria,
Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, Artbank, and the Bell Potter Group, as well
as national and international private collections.
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