Kim Baker graduated with a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree from Birmingham University. She has exhibited widely, including group and solo exhibitions and art fairs in London, Newcastle, Reykjavik and New York, and in 2009 she completed a residency at the Signy and Olaf Willums Art Foundation in France. Private and public collectors of Baker’s paintings include Birmingham University, Whitbread Group plc, Bow Arts Trust, Midland Arts Centre, and the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Petersburg. Her work has been featured in Art Monthly, Time Out and S Magazine, and in 2013 she was featured in the Thames & Hudson book Nature Morte by Michael Petry.
Kim’s ongoing work takes inspiration from the Memento Mori tradition, using flowers as the motif whilst retaining a spontaneous gestural and layering technique. Kim often repeatedly paints over an existing work, creating layers, giving the works a sense of depth and history. Her work explores playful gestural forms suggestive of organic floral still lifes against a dark muted background.
Influences include Dutch 17th Century floral still lifes, the Baroque paintings of Murillo, the chiaroscuro of Caravaggio and the landscapes of David Bomberg and Ivon Hitchens.