Sophie Baker : Paintings from The New World

9 Feb 2011 – 13 Mar 2011

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Wed - Sat 11-5 pm; Sun 12 - 5 pm

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Art Jericho

Oxford, United Kingdom

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New paintings by emerging talent: Nature's ability to regenerate


There is a palpable tension and edginess in Sophie Baker's landscape painting. Her post industrial, deserted frontiers, abandoned quarries and ravaged woodlands bear witness to man's intrusive activity and impact on the landscape. Baker's compositions suggest a recent exchange or happening, perhaps violent — and an atmosphere of hurried departure, of business unfinished. Her paintings are unpeopled, but the reference to human activity permeates the narrative of her compositions as evidenced by abandoned cars, unexplained lights and tracts of devastation. However, there is a strong sense of optimism in her work. The human figure is rarely present, and nature fights back. Through her use of form and heightened colour, Sophie imbues her compositions with a vitality that reminds us that nature has the ability to repair itself through the natural process of its very being, and that it is ultimately the stronger player.

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