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David Baker describes his paintings as being, in the simplest sense, a mix of realist scenes: interior, landscape, still life and portrait. ‘They are my attempts at understanding the links between my sense of visual harmony and my emotional response to a scene,’ he says.
As such, the paintings have become vehicles for examining and preserving the moments wherein visual and emotional elements come together to create a poignant dialogue. ‘I look for paintings in the residue of time passing and falling quietly around, in silvery scenes containing the stillness following an event.’
Searching for an evocative landscape and carefully posing objects in a still life are processes which both form and his aesthetic. In the process of creating the illusion of space, he pursues those moments when aesthetic sense and reality converge.
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