Charming Baker Artwork at Fortnum’s x Frank AW16


Fortnum’s X Frank is one of the boldest and most exciting projects in our history. We could not be more thrilled to be hosting Frank Cohen’s collection, one of the most important private collections of Modern British art in the world, in the heart of our busy and bustling shop. During the course of this month-long collaboration, more than 60 pieces from Frank’s collection will be displayed across every inch of our Piccadilly home.

The calibre of artists in the exhibition is staggering. Names like Frank Auerbach, Charming Baker, Tracey Emin, Howard Hodgkin, Leon Kossoff, Paula Rego, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Bridget Riley, William Roberts, and Stuart Pearson Wright – to name a few – are enough to set pulses racing among even the most casual art-lovers.
Some of the pieces on display you will fall in love with instantly, others may burn a little slower, but all will make a lasting impression. We’re indebted to Frank for the incalculable part he has played in bringing this provocative, unusual project to life. So too Robert Upstone, former Director of Modern British Art at the Fine Art Society and Curator of Modern British Art at Tate Britain, who has curated this show.

Antony Micallef debuts at Art Basel Hong Kong

Antony Micallef announces debut at Art Basel Hong Kong in the main fair with @pearllamgalleries

Self portrait with green, 2015, Oil with Bees wax on French Linen.
112 x 135cm.

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016 Stand 1D15

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Private view: 22 March 2016 – 23 March 2016

Vernissage: 23 March 2016

Public Days: 24 March 2016 – 26 March 2016 

Sweet Nothing – Charming Baker Solo Exhibition at Sotheby’s S2 Gallery

S|2 is proud to present Sweet Nothing, an exhibition of new work by Charming Baker including paintings and large-scale drawings. Sweet Nothing marks Baker’s eagerly awaited return to London following a critically acclaimed show in Los Angeles. Often cited as one of the most dynamic artists of his generation, Baker’s work is defined by a restless imagination, and ranges freely from the everyday to the deeply personal, encouraging the viewer to make their own connections and conclusions. “Nothing is only ever one thing. I don’t see why I shouldn’t bend, shape or brake an image to alter its original meaning, if only to entertain” says Baker.

Baker’s diverse practice has seen him collaborate with the legendary designer Paul Smith for the V&A’sBritain Creates exhibition in 2012, and his work can be found in major private collections around the world. Damien Hirst memorably said of Baker’s work:

“It’s hard to say what makes a painting great. Its flatness and its depth, its ease and its complexity, a kind of preciousness that’s also kind of throwaway, a risk factor. Who gives a damn? Charming Baker’s paintings are great.”

While the meaning of his works might hover in ambiguity, Baker is an artist rooted in the rural Yorkshire of his childhood, and in the great tradition of British painting. This romantic vision, which references artists such as Constable and Hockney, is coupled with a raw energy that sees Baker cut, drill or even shoot the canvas with a rifle. Through this anarchic spirit, Baker challenges the preciousness of art and our calls into question our preconceived notions on beauty.

The exhibition comprises over 20 new works, including paintings and drawings. Baker playfully describes the inspiration behind  these works asSchrödinger’s cat, Pavlov’s dog, bitter nostalgia, sex, joy, folly, loss, Don Quixote, tended gardens, gypsum foundations, concrete ideals, loose morals, nature, nurture, sweet nothing…”.

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