Feature Richard Baker’s award-winning career
It was while Illari was on the judging panel for the HIX Award in 2019 that he first came across artist Richard Baker, who would go on to win the award and credit it with giving him the financial backing and confidence to be able to leave his job and paint full time.
Baker’s modest works, which are intentionally quiet and unobtrusive, have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Mall Galleries and Hix Art gallery in London, the San Francisco Art Institute and Leeds Art Gallery, as well as various museums across China and the National Museum of Poland in Gdańsk.
While Baker’s solo exhibition at the Hix Gallery was cancelled when lockdown struck, he has continued to make work with a solo exhibition in mind. As soon as everything reopens, he told us he’ll be looking for a venue to put on that show.
About the champion
For Founder and Director of Jealous Gallery, Dario Illari, art has been the one constant in his life, which has given pause and sway. Illari started Jealous 15 years ago with perhaps the naive idea of being one of the finest fine art silkscreen studios there is. Its values are very simple: put artists first, understand that everything is possible, do things for the right reasons and be nice to people. 15 years on these values are still at the core of Jealous and they now find themselves working with artists, museums and galleries around the world. Artists include Michael Craig Martin, David Shrigley, The Chapman Brothers, Yinka Shonibare, Harland Miller, Idris Khan, Ben Eine, Charming Baker, Ian Davenport… and loads more.