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Dennis Baker, Kimberley

Dennis Baker, Kakadu and Kimberleys

The Artist

Very little is published about Dennis Baker. What is known is that the artist was born in Kempsey, New South Wales, in 1951 and studied at the College of Advanced Education, Armidale. He travelled overseas, like many of his contemporaries, gaining inspiration as well as teaching, painting and even working as a gallery director. According the brief biography on 'Art Auctions' , Baker exhibited his works (paintings, photography and sculpture) widely throughout New South Wales.


The Work of Art

From research carried out, Dennnis Baker specialised in painting abstract works of art and geographical studies of Australia. Baker seemed to be fascinated with Outback Australia. There are a variety of different versions of his Kakadu for example. Perhaps this encompasses the varied nature of the subject. Kakadu's environment covers a vast landscape from wetlands to arid desert outback. Baker depicts a wide variety of forms in the composition with his colours. Dark blues for the wetlands and earthy browns and reds for the outback.  Both Kakadu and the Kimberleys were the product of Baker's extensive travels across the north of Australia.

Painted in 1994, Kakadu and the Kimberleys were acquired by the University of Canberra directly from the artist in December 2013.