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Three Sisters

Joe Baker

About The Three Sisters

In the artist's words

"Land, as metaphor of this experience has inspired the anthropomorphic shapes set in motion in the color field. The stitch-tracks of beaded cultural items have posed the tension and path of things ultimately unknowable (inside-out). A belief in the revelatory power of painting has taught me to let go and trust in the possibilities of the observed path through process. This is how the stories are retold. This is how I remember."

Three Sisters featured in "The Native American Fine Art Invitational 1983-1997 Art in 2 Worlds".

In Joe Baker's words "My approach to painting is to paint responsively in oil, recording the shapes, rhythm and patterns as I experience them in nature.  This could include a response to changing light conditions, weather and seasonal or regional color palette.  I am inspired by the work of Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, Emily Carr . . . I am interested in landscape for symbolic and spiritual potential.  I work intuitively and am open to whatever experience that may present itself when on site.  This non-analytical approach to painting keeps me honest." taken from Robert Henke's book Native American Painters of the Twentieth Century  The Works of 61 Artists.Native American Painters of the Twentieth Century  The Works of 61 Artists.

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In the artist's words

"Land, as metaphor of this experience has inspired the anthropomorphic shapes set in motion in the color field. The stitch-tracks of beaded cultural items have posed the tension and path of things ultimately unknowable (inside-out). A belief in the revelatory power of painting has taught me to let go and trust in the possibilities of the observed path through process. This is how the stories are retold. This is how I remember."

Three Sisters featured in "The Native American Fine Art Invitational 1983-1997 Art in 2 Worlds".

In Joe Baker's words "My approach to painting is to paint responsively in oil, recording the shapes, rhythm and patterns as I experience them in nature.  This could include a response to changing light conditions, weather and seasonal or regional color palette.  I am inspired by the work of Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Charles Burchfield, Emily Carr . . . I am interested in landscape for symbolic and spiritual potential.  I work intuitively and am open to whatever experience that may present itself when on site.  This non-analytical approach to painting keeps me honest." taken from Robert Henke's book Native American Painters of the Twentieth Century  The Works of 61 Artists.Native American Painters of the Twentieth Century  The Works of 61 Artists.

About the Artist

(Born 1946) Joe Baker (Delaware/Swedish/English) was born in Oklahoma in 1946. His art abilities were evident as early as junior high, when he was allowed to take art classes at the high school. He was awarded a BFA from the University of Tulsa before serving in the Air Force.

After his military service, he worked for the Oklahoma Arts Council for two years, then returned to UT, earning an MFA and teaching undergraduate classes. His teaching and administrative experience includes assignments at New Mexico State University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Wyoming, Idyllwild Arts and ATLATL.

He was employed at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona between 1998 and 2008. Initially with the Department of Education, Baker was elevated to the position of Fine Art curator for the Heard in 2004. Baker’s relationship with the Heard Museum had its beginning with a solo exhibition in 1982. As an artist he is equally facile painting in a contemporary vein or creating traditional Delaware beadwork.

Baker has exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Gallery 10, Scottsdale, Arizona; Elaine Horwitch, Santa Fe; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana and in Mexico, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Baker’s work has been featured in a wide array of publications as varied as Art in America, Interview, The New York Times, People Magazine and the Saturday Review, to name a few. Joe Baker’s work is in many important public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Chase Bank, United Airlines and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

More recently, Baker's unique design sense has been embraced for fabric designs originating on the East Coast.

Medium Oil on canvas
Canvas size 60" height x 72" width
Date of creation 1997
Condition Excellent
Provenance JB
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