Jimmy Baker: Holding Pattern
May 19, 2012 - July 27, 2012

Artist Biography
Jimmy Baker
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Adjunct Professor & Digital Media Specialist, Art Academy of Cincinnati


Born 1980, Dover, OH

Lives and works in Cincinnati, OH




2004   MFA, University of Cincinnati

2002   BFA, Columbus College of Art and Design




2015   Sungazers, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH

2012   Holding Pattern, SHAHEEN modern and contemporary art, Cleveland, OH

2011   Remote Viewing, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

2010   Sentinel, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

           Event Horizon, New Galerie de France, Paris

2008   Civil Dusk, Foxy Production, New York, NY

           LISTE, Foxy Production, Basel, Switzerland

           Hairrier with Nathan Tersteeg, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2007   True Diplomacy with Jil Baker, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

           Rapture, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

2006   The Captives, Foxy Production, New York, NY

           Challenges, Weston-Bolling Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2004   Hands On, DAAP Gallery, Cincinnati, OH




2014   State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AR
           Collection Gilles Balmet, Ecole Superieure d’Art Design, Grenoble, France
2013   Reverb: Recent Abstract Painting, University of Northern Iowa, IA
2012   Black Foliage, Nudashank, Baltimore MD
           Good Morning, Captain, Land of Tomorrow, Louisville, KY

2011   Strange Beauty, IDEA Space, Colorado College, CO

2010   Wild Thing, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

           Baker, Braunig, Gokita, Hopkins, Foxy Production, New York, NY

           The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, Project Space 176, London, UK

           Shapeshifter, Country Club Projects, Cincinnati, OH

2008   Macrocosm, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

           Uncoordinated, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

           Face Forward: Portraiture in Contemporary Art, Columbia University, New York, NY

2007   An Aside, Zoo Art Fair with Project Space 176, London, England

2006   Sea Change, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

           25 Bold Moves, emerging artist exhibit, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA

           Now, More Than Ever, Foxy Production, New York, NY

2005   Five Solo Shows, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

           Frontier, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

           Contemporary Art in the Midwest: 2005 DePauw Biennial, Greencastle, IN

2004   Infinite Fill, Foxy Production, New York, NY




Zabludowicz Art Trust, London, UK

Taschen Foundation, Berlin, Germany

Columbus Art Museum, Columbus, Ohio

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio

Progressive Insurance Collection, Cleveland, Ohio

Gilles Balmet Collection, Paris, France




2014   Crystal Visions, by Travis Diehl, Artforum.com
           State of the Art, by Maria Seda-Reeder, Citybeat
           Artists Baker, Hammonds part of…, by Julie Engebrecht, Cincinnati Enquirer
           Collection Gilles Balmet, catalog FAGE editions!, France
2012   Jimmy Baker Revisited, by Brittany Zagoria, Beautiful/Decay

           Sandhage, Douglas, "Jimmy Baker," Best Magazine.

2011   Vélez, Pedro, "Jimmy Baker's Double Tillman," Artnet.com, May 25.

           Durrell, Jane, "Jimmy Baker: Remote Viewing," Aeqai.com, March.

           Bishop, Lauren, "Northside Artist Challenges Minds," Cincinnati Enquirer, February 20.

           Wilson, Kathy Y., "Cincinnati Kid: Jimmy Baker," Cincinnati Magazine, Februrary 1.

2010   Gebbers, Anna-Catharina, "The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place", (catalog), Project Space 176.

           Rosbach, Filipp, "David O'Kane at Zabludowicz Collection, London,"    artnews.org.

           Barachon, Charles, "Romantique Digital," Technikart, February.

           "Telerama" No. 3135, February 10.

2009   "Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory," Published by Phaidon.

2008   "Layering Landscapes," NY Arts Magazine, September/October.

           James, Laura, "Atlas Sung," City Beat, Cincinnati, Oh, June 18.

2007   Grabner, Michelle, "Critic Picks," Artforum.com, September.

           Foumberg, Jason, "Seeing In The Dark," New City Chicago, September 27.

           Stabler, Bert, "Critic's Choice," Chicago Reader, September 21.

           Wood, Eve, "Jimmy Baker," Art US, Issue 19, 2-23 June, pg. 7.

           Knight, Christopher, "Considering the end of the world," Los Angeles Times Calendarlive June 15.

           Buckley, Annie, "Critic Picks," Artforum.com, June.

           Hampton, Justin, "Artist Jimmy Baker Plays Around With Armageddon," Los Angeles Times, Calendarlive, June 6.

           Couri, Alex, "Conversation With Jimmy Baker," Artslant.com, June.

           Italian Vanity Fair, Lifestyle, April 5, p. 54.

           Davis, Ben. "LA LA LAND." Artnet.com, February 28.

           "Because We Can: ePolitics and Excess, essay and images," K48 magazine, New York.

           "The NADA Emerging Artist Page." The L Magazine, 17-30 January, p. 64.

2006   Monier, Annette, "Jimmy Baker," Art In The Age.com, December 22.

           Muchnic, Suzanne, "The Art Explosion," Los Angeles Times, October 1.

           Leffler, Laura James, "The Aftermath of an Idea, review of Challenges," City  Beat, Cincinnati, Oh, April 19.

2005   "Review of 5 Solo Shows at Western Exhibitions," Bad At Sports Podcasts, Chicago, October.

           "Review of 5 Solo Shows at Western Exhibitions," FlavorPill, Chicago, October.

           Ramos, Steve, "Brothers Grimmer," City Beat, Cincinnati, OH, August 24, p.7.

           Daugherty, Gina, "Fear and Loathing, review of Barbaric Stories," Cincinnati Weekly, Aug. 10, p. 42.

           Orden, Abraham, "Queen City," Artnet.com Magazine, April..

           Loughnane, Andrew, "What's new at Publico," City Beat, Cincinnati, Oh, March 16.

2004   Smith, Nancy, "Art Lovers New York," Artnet.com Magazine, November.

           Ramos, Steve, "What Makes Jimmy Run?" City Beat, Cincinnati, Oh, May 19, p. 7, 28.

2003   Ramos, Steve, "Lost in Space," City Beat, Cincinnati, Oh, August 27, p. 14.

           Riding Objectivity, Liberty Wampler, City Beat, July 23rd, p. 38, Cincinnati, OH.

2002   "Interview with The Awakening", Maximum Rock and Roll, San Francisco, CA, June #229, p. 70-72.









Press Releases
Holding Pattern

SHAHEEN is delighted to present Holding Pattern, an exhibition of recent paintings by Cincinnati based artist Jimmy Baker.  The opening reception for the artist will be on Saturday, May 19th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. 


Jimmy Baker's Holding Pattern consists of eight paintings completed over the past eight months that result from a complex multi-phase layering process incorporating both painting and digital printing.  The title of the exhibition refers to a cyclical limbo between action and rest and, in this case, a variety of opposing visual and conceptual dualities that exist in both Baker's most recent paintings and his larger artistic practice to date.  To begin his working process, Baker lays down 2-3 layers of paint to create large compositional elements and divide the pictorial space.  From there, he culls hundreds of images from a wide variety of sources and arranges them in Photoshop to form a dense collage, which he then reduces until clear forms take shape.  Baker then returns to the canvas, where he typically applies 3-7 additional layers of paint that both riff off of and work against aspects of the collage and form a dense painterly surface.  After that, the entire canvas is run through a large format digital printer, where portions of the digital collage are printed overtop the accumulated paint.  To complete the painting, Baker sands, glazes, pours, scrapes and brushes paint over the entire surface of the work to synthesize the printing into the painted layers.  Although strong conceptual and thematic consistencies course through Baker's entire body of work to date, the visually dense and cacophonous paintings that comprise Holding Pattern are marked by their materiality; visual profusion; bright, acidic palette; looser application of paint; heightened tension between image and object, and representation and abstraction that stand in stark visual contrast to the tightly rendered portraits and landscapes that defined Baker's earlier work.  Impastoed surfaces intermingle and fuse with over- and underlying digitally printed imagery and tight, almost photo-realistic passages of paint, as vestiges of figures and other representational elements emerge from and recede into fields of gestural, painterly mark making. The dense juxtaposition and collision of imagery that drives Baker's working process and resulting paintings echoes and embodies a logic of non-linear thinking that permeates current modes of information exchange, visual production and consumption.  As Baker pushes the visual overload to the point of collapse and destruction, the paintings begin to echo the often perilous real world tensions, power struggles, and models of infinite economic growth that have driven recent global political, cultural and environmental events and defined history at the onset of the 21st century.


Jimmy Baker currently lives and works in Cincinnati, OH and received his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and his MFA from the University of Cincinnati.  Baker's work has appeared in numerous solo and group gallery and museum exhibitions in the United States and abroad, including a recent solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.  His work has been featured in one person gallery exhibitions at: Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA; New Galerie de France, Paris; Foxy Production, New York, NY; Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; and Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL.


Jimmy Baker
Missing Time, 2012
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
28 x 22 inches

Jimmy Baker
Weaving Greens, 2012
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
35 x 30 inches

Jimmy Baker
Snow Leveret, 2011
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
19 x 25 inches

Jimmy Baker
Prism Dome, 2012
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
32 x 25 inches

Jimmy Baker
Public Spring, 2012
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
46 x 36 inches

Jimmy Baker
Sequin Teeth, 2012
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
30 x 25 inches

Jimmy Baker
Pink Lady, 2012
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
48 x 36 inches

Jimmy Baker
Arms Length, 2012
oil and UV ink on canvas over panel
32 x 25 inches

Jimmy Baker
Snow Leopards, 2010
oil and UV ink on canvas
68 x 68 inches

Jimmy Baker
Double Tillman, 2011
oil and UV ink on canvas
84 x 60 inches