Beverly Baker's latest work on exhibit sold at the Art Papers Art Auction on February 22nd, collection Birgit and David McQueen. This deeply lacquered mixed media piece, Convergence, celebrates the interesting art times she's lived through, a constant wellspring Beverly is grateful for as she strives to engage us in that experience:
"Maybe it's the convergence of realism versus abstraction, or of narrative modes versus the mute splendor of color in the visual games of geometric compliances and exigencies. No need to choose. Let's have it all--which we've had."
Lunchtime in the Arctic Circle
Iceberg, oil on canvas, 8 by 12 feet
Day and Night on exhibit at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, summer 2016
Recent paintings by Beverly Baker, a sumptuous body of work produced at the ocean's edge...
Poetry by Beverly Baker
ART MAZE: I am
either at the end or beginning
hedges, shaped inventions; excitements/
frustrations. I persevere. NO EXIT
(Stumbling retreat would mock my shrubbery.)
From the maze, the question is always
whether to prune or leap
but not out.
The wires grind and groan
like a many tentacled beast
whose life support has been pulled
No talking heads belch out snippets
of heresy we call news; instead
we have been transported
into a mute sense of being
over loud flailings about
and who can remember words
slammed around a noisy room
The SILENCE offers us an escape
into past experience when
we were groping our way
through undocumented reality
a time when candlelight illuminated
hopes and dreams in our minds' visual tapestries.
It was then that art was born
to remember what was being
revealed about existence.
But, maybe those Neolithic souls
around the hearth were boisterous,
maybe the loudest storytellers prevailed
maybe the talking heads of today
are carrying on that legacy
of noise and bravado and tapestries
are mute, merely inchoate ideas
without form and sense that float
in the darkness--now, in this
silent, fearsome and hallucinatory
space am I imagining stepping
stones in a stream called progress
whose reset button is set to default?
It is only a matter of time
before the power turns on
the machines regain control
NOISE strikes up its band
and the essence of SILENCE
which is THOUGHT is folded
into a suspended envelope.
This heavy rain is cleansing it
washes away the neurotic bits those
fragments of angst, the art puzzles that clog
my pores the rain is to rejoice
in and of itself a life
sustaining elixir I thought as I
walked under my English umbrella
the one with Van Gogh's Iris but
me the artist under his umbrella?
So, which ear should I choose?
Or, should I have a Gene Kelly moment?
Ubo Roi Celebrates the Moon with his Albert Ryder Rock Mixed media archival print by Beverly Baker
Fourteenth Annual Art Papers Auction
Book Cover Illustration for Life Along the Etowah River: An Archaeological and Historical Perspective by Garrett Silliman and Lori Thompson for Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc.
Silvery trout Fish
mixed media on paper, each 7 x10" prints available
Paintings from the Iceberg Series: Iceberg I, morning Iceberg II, afternoon Iceberg III, evening Iceberg IV, golden twilight