UK artist Charming Baker was initially discovered selling work from the bedroom of his south London council flat.
Five years later his work is selling for tens of thousands of pounds after putting up a pop up show at the Truman Brewery which sold out on the opening night. Charming Baker’s work now sells in Cork Street, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, San Francisco, Montreal. It is being collected by music royalty, fellow artists, taste makers and captains of the creative community.
His pictures are deftly decanted concoctions of familiarity and unease. His style, a mix of beauty and brutality, has been compared to David Hockney. His work has been described as “combining a number of complex processes into a simple and elegant whole.” Baker paints, shoots and even drills his artwork.
Damien Hirst says of Charming’s work :
“It’s hard to say what makes a painting great. Its flatness and its depth, its ease and its complexity, a kind of preciousness that’s also kind of throwaway, a risk factor. Who gives a damn? Charming Baker’s paintings are great.”