marker on paper
18 x 24 in. (45.8 x 61 cm.)
ink on paper
9 x 12 in. (23 x 30.5 cm.)
colored pencil and marker on cardstock
10 x 12 in. (25.4 x 30.5 cm.)
Born 1961, Versailles, Kentucky.
Beverly Baker's drawings are created through the obsessive layering of text found in a small selection of books and magazines that she uses as reference material. The final abstract compositions generally contain only trace hints of their genesis in language as Baker draws continuously on the same sheet, obliterating her original words or letters with additional words, lines and color. Most of her drawings are created with ballpoint pens, colored pencils and permanent markers.
Baker, who has Down Syndrome, is a member of the Latitude Artist Community in Lexington, Kentucky, a program with the stated mission of serving all people, with an emphasis on those thought by some to have a disability. Baker has been an integral member of Latitude since its founding in 2001.
- Phillip March Jones
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2003, Beverly Baker: Recent Work, Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Lexington
2002, Beverly Baker, University of Kentucky, President's Room, Singletary Center, Lexington
2016, Black 'Paintings': A Response to Jackson Pollack, SITE131, Dallas
2016, World Made By Hand, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2015, Art brut live, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
2009, In Through the Out Door, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2009, Tell Them It's Human Nature, Osilas Gallery at Concordia College, Bronxville
2008, Communication Breakdown, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2003, Electricity, Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky
abcd collection, Montreuil
Museum of Everything, London
Everything #4, catalogue d'exposition, The Museum of Everything, London, 2011.
Minton, David, "Her Art Disproves Her Disability," Lexington Herald-Leader, December 2002.
Worley, Jennifer, "Paintings Speak for Local Woman," Woodford Sun, August 2002.
Copley, Rich, "Keeping An Open Mind," The Lexington Herald-Leader, February 13, 2000.
Minton, David, "6 from Minds Wide Open art center," The Lexington Herald-Leader, August 15, 1999.
"Kentucky Life," Wide-Open Art, KET, produced and edited by Charlee Heaton, Program 722, August 2001.