NY Studio Gallery is pleased to host Stupid Has a New Hero, featuring brand new paintings, a suite of limited edition prints plus a few surprises from fast-rising British painter Charming Baker.
A graduate of Central St Martins in London, Charming Baker has established a loyal international following with his darkly humorous work - oil paintings with a mix of beauty and brutality. Equally comfortable applying a paintbrush as he is a bullet to his work (as seen in the Youtube video documenting the shooting of one of his paintings) the artist is influenced by a wide array of both familiar and odd elements.
“The effect I’m aiming for in my work,” says Charming, “is that slightly unnerving feeling you get when you have your arse patted in public, but you're not exactly sure who's patting it.”
In 2008, Charming was invited to share a discussion platform with Shepard Fairey, the creator of the Barak Obama presidential campaign poster. The following year, Charming received a commission by Amnesty International to produce a piece for the Blank Canvas Project alongside Brit Art giants Tracy Emin, the Chapman Brothers and Sir Peter Blake.
Charming Baker’s work is embraced by the fine art fraternity, music royalty, taste makers and captains of the creative community. He has exhibited in London, Los Angeles and San Francisco and his work now sells worldwide.
Stupid Has A New Hero at NY Studio Gallery on the Lower East Side is the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York.