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Texture 2 by Chris Baker

Canvas Prints


I made this when going through a heavy texture phase some time ago, and this is something I’d like to investigate in depth in the near future.

Acrylic, sand, earth, wire, hardboard, cardboard, papier mache, iron filings and glass chippings.

Featured in ‘British Painters’


life, iconic, icons, acrylic, texture, sand, earth, symbolic, textured

A figurative artist, Chris started out as an illustrator, later to become a figurative painter, focusing mainly on portraits.

Chris has exhibited in several one-man shows, and a few mixed shows in London.

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  • banrai
    banraiover 4 years ago

    has a heavy steel textured look Chris.. I’m always interested in surfaces especially like this.. fine signs creation

  • Thank you kindly, Banrai, I appreciate your comments:)
    I was going for a kind of overall ‘slate-effect’ here really, but sadly my incompetence as a photographer lent this image a far more ‘metallic’ feel due to the lights behind reflecting on the paintings surface… Oh, well ;)))

    – Chris Baker

  • linaji
    linajiover 4 years ago

    Past amazing when you let us in on the essence of this piece. I see feminine and masculine and I feel a heaveyness. I am curious about this work and I think that is what I am liking already about you and your work.

  • Your comments reach me with warmth & joy, linaji :)
    I cannot say this was ‘planned’ as a concept in any way, but it stemmed from a couple of rapid thumbnail pencil sketches, and felt it appropriate to maintain the crude simplicity as drawn (originals being no more than a few inches in size)…
    Such notions as birth, death, rootlessness & feeling trapped are frequently at the forefront of my mind, so there may well be a message there of sorts.

    – Chris Baker

  • Julia  Ward
    Julia Wardover 4 years ago

    boy does this piece sing…
    LOVE it!!!

  • Thank you for such a lovely and inspiring comment Julia! :)))

    – Chris Baker

  • NickJ
    NickJover 4 years ago

    This suggests so much and with beautiful economy. The etched insignia on a ground that suggests an eroding hull or a cave wall, themselves seem to play with ideas of fertility (at least in my reading), or perhaps the life cycle, and the symbols in the corners have a quasi-mathematical/authoritarian sense to them. Yet, I suspect, I’ll read this differently on another viewing. There is though something profoundly archeological about this. I can’t help feeling that the marks here represent in the end something long gone. In the end this is a very thought-provoking work, Chris.

  • Hi Nicholas :)
    It’s always a great pleasure reading your thoughtful remarks that give me pause for reflection on my own work, which is very helpful and appreciated.
    Being a fairly spontaneous piece, I’m unsure myself what is emotively at stake in this piece (!) but you seem to me to be spot-on in your summise – more essentially woth your comment regarding ‘life-cycle’, I think :)
    I’m keen to do more works in this theme akso – all a question of time, money, and all else to actually get down to ‘doing’ them….
    Regards, and thank you :)

    – Chris Baker

  • Earthmonster
    Earthmonsterover 4 years ago

    Coming from a graphic design background I can really appreciate the flow of this piece. Very nice!

  • Thanks a lot EarthMonster :)))

    – Chris Baker

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 4 years ago

    oo fantastic Chris, i find this symbolic and reminds me of slate, which is cool and soothing to touch and it has a healing strength about it, which feels somewhat spiritual.. I really love how you’ve combined a number of unusual elements to form a whole piece, it’s extremely inviting and intriguing… it makes one ponder the story behind the creation… wonderful work my friend :)

  • Thanks K :)
    Did you read my first comment reply at the top? Slate is just the effect I aimed at! Phew… thought my rubbish photography had made it appear too shiny here – it only had a mix of matt & a slight touch of satin varnish on it ;)
    Thanks for your great comments :)

    – Chris Baker

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 4 years ago

    o well look at that…no i didn’t, so there you go…you achieved exactly what you were trying to achieve and i didn’t even cheat reading the other comments haha… excellent!!!! you did excellent!

  • Aaah.. Thanks so much Karin – you honor me!

    – Chris Baker

  • Tania Rose
    Tania Roseabout 4 years ago

    fabulous work. intriguing

  • Thank you, Tania – I’m a little intruiged also – just came out of nowhere in effect; No real explanation behind it ;)

    – Chris Baker

  • Tania Rose
    Tania Roseabout 4 years ago

    love those kind of works, where one is as much the observer as the artist

  • Yes – I still have moments of ‘Hmm.. what was all that about, I wonder?’ sometimes ;)

    – Chris Baker

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeeabout 4 years ago

    wow, you skilful one! great job!

  • Haha! That’s funny ;) Many thanks, Myn B.. appreciate your comments :)

    – Chris Baker

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