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Hilary Baker lives and works in Los Angeles.


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BIO

A Los Angeles native, Hilary Baker came of age during the heyday of Hollywood's film and music industry.

Baker received her BA from UCLA and her MFA from the Otis Art Institute. She has exhibited widely throughout California, the US and internationally, and has been awarded residencies at the Pont-Aven School of Art in France, the Ucross Foundation, Art Omi, and the Yaddo and MacDowell Colonies. David Pagel of the LA Times writes, "Baker mixes yellow and green like no one else, creating a rainbow of shades that seems as tasty as sorbet and as toxic as antifreeze. She makes gray look sexy and beige exciting." Her work is included in numerous public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, the Crocker Museum, Broad Art Foundation, Temple University, and the University of Southern California.

She maintains a studio in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, and lives on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


SOLO and TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017   Hilary Baker and Russell Davis, Showcase #2, Matrushka Constructions, Los Angeles, CA
2016   From Where I'm Standing, Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
2015   Colossalalia, Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2011   Sicily, American Institute of Architects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           One Work, One Artist (Hilary Baker) One Yellow Wall, Alias Books East, Los Angeles, CA
2010   Arvuli, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
2006   Monday Tuesday Duende, High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles, CA
           Hilary Baker and Amir Fallah, Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
2005   What Meets The Eye, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
           EyeBlast: Hilary Baker and Philippa Blair, Cypress College, Cypress, CA
2004   Hilary Baker, Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions, Corona del Mar, CA
2003   Look, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
2002   Suburbia, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
2001   Appearing Nightly, POST, Los Angeles, CA
           Suburbia, Institut Franco-Americain, Rennes, France
2000   Wraith Tracks, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
           Gestural Maps: Hilary Baker and Philippa Blair, POST, Los Angeles, CA
1990   Hilary Baker, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019   Blind Courier, Brand Library Gallery, Glendale, CA
2018   Lazy Susan 5: Human/Nature, LAVA Projects, Alhambra, CA
           The Tiny Biennale, Gallery of Art, Temple University, Rome, Italy
           Interplay: Music and the Escalette Collection, Argyors Forum, Chapman University, Orange CA
2017   LA Woman, Saatchi Art, Santa Monica, CA
           Freda's Birthday, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
           Not Quite Underground, Tattoo Parlor, Skulptur Projekte Münster, Münster, Germany
2016   In Which We Dwell, sUgAR gallery, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
           Emblematic, Guggenheim gallery, Chapman University
           Fragments, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA
           BIRDIE Invitational, Coastline College, Newport Beach, CA
2015   Southern California Abstraction Now, Barrett Art Gallery of Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA
           Writ Large, José Drudis-Biada gallery, Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles, CA
           Yes In My Back Yard, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA
           Petraphilia, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2013   Next to Nothing, Coastline College, Newport Beach, CA
           Bright Lines And The Void, Michaelkate gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
           MAS Attack, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA
2012   Place, PS Zask gallery, Palos Verdes, CA
           Painting on Edge II, d.e.n. contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
           Either Side of Gray, PS Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA
2011   Speak for the Trees, s.c.a.p.e., Corona del Mar, CA; House of Balsamic Academy, Irvine, CA
           Ripe Produce, Santora Art Gallery, Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA
           Second Nature: Landscape Variations, PS Zask Gallery, Palos Verdes, CA
           Ucross Foundation Retrospective Exhibition, Ucross Foundation Art gallery, Ucross, WY
2010   Ucross: Twenty-Seven Years of Visual Arts Residencies, Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY
           Red Dot New York, Andi Campognone Projects, Pomona, CA
2009   Fourth of July One Week Only, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           Project 30, Westminster Elementary School, Venice, CA
           Pairs, Ambient Art Projects, Las Vegas, NV
2008   About Abstraction, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA
           Some Paintings: The Third LA Weekly Annual Biennial, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
2007   Black Mirror, High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles, CA
           Hausguests, The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
2005   Looking at Art, Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, CA
2004   Big and Holy, Cartelle Gallery, Marina del Rey, CA (catalog)
           Lotusland, Cummings Art Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT
2003   No Chaser, POST, Los Angeles, CA
           Is, Was, Will Be, L’Espace Melanie, Riec-Sur-Belon, France; travels to Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, France
           SoCal Locals, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           Material Girls, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM
2002   Yo, Flat Files Rendezvous, POST, Los Angeles, CA
           The Group Show, R.B.Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
2001   The Necessary Beauty, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
           100 Percent Rag, POST, Los Angeles, CA
           Hand-painted, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
           Mass Appeal, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
2000   California Color, Institut Franco-Americain, Rennes, France
           Five Painters, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, San Diego, CA
1999   Lantern Of The East, Pyong Taek City Museum, Pyong Taek, Korea
1998   . . . a few more L.A. Artists (the distaff side), Mirren Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA
           Illuminated Under White Light: Eight Painters, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
1997   group, R.B. Stevenson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
           Archaeology: Hilary Baker, Steve Galloway, Kevin Wixted, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV
           Recent Acquisitions Of The Achenbach Foundation, 1991 - 1996, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
           Beyond Boundaries, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1996   Diversity Of Contemporary Painting, Andrew-Shire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           Beyond Boundaries, Bank of America Concourse Gallery, San Francisco, CA
           Field Days, Cerulean Embankments, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
           Hilary Baker, Hanna Hannah, Marta Thoma, TERRAIN, San Francisco, CA
1995   Showgirl, Marjorie Barrick Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
           L.A. Current: Works on Paper, UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
           Oscar Wilde: A Man of Great Importance, TERRAIN, San Francisco, CA
           Four By Nature, Gate Gallery, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
1994   Recent Gifts And Purchases: Twentieth Century Drawings, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
           Homage To The Bard, TERRAIN, San Francisco, CA
           The First Ten Years: Selections From The Permanent Collection, Ucross Foundation Gallery, Clearmont, WY
           Sawtelle, domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA
1993   Laughing Matters, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992   A Room With A View, Ettinger Gallery, Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna Beach, CA
           L.A. Works on Paper, Michael Himovitz Gallery, Sacramento, CA
           Hilary Baker, Jeffrey Mitchell And Paula Matello, Parker/Mark Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           (basically) Black & White, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
1990   The Mark, Security Pacific Gallery, South Coast Metro Center, Costa Mesa, CA
1989   Five Northern California Artists, Five Southern California Artists, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA


CURATED PROJECTS

2019   Blind Courier, Brand Library Gallery, Glendale, CA (with Lauren Kasmer)
1997   Archaeology, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV
1996   Sexy: Sensual Abstraction in California, 1950’s - 1990’s, Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, NV (with Julia Couzens)
1995   Sexy: Sensual Abstraction in California, 1950’s - 1990’s, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
1989   Open Windows Project, Los Angeles Festival’s Open Festival, Santa Monica, CA


NEWS

Voyage LA, September 3, 2018
Peripheral Vision, Issue 6, 2017
Catamaran Literary Reader, Vol.5, Issue 3, 2017
Saatchi Art - Inside the Studio, July 7, 2017
Southern California Abstraction Now
Couzens, Julia, From Where I'm Standing, Harris Gallery exhibition essay, April 2016
Brown, Betty Ann, Offramp exhibition essay, February 4, 2016
New American Paintings, Issue 109, 2013


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Farmer, Sam, Berlin, Interplay: Music and the Escalette Collection, Chapman University, 2018
Neel, Tucker, Staring into the Eyes of an Animal Other: Hilary Baker's Faux Fauna Paintings, Peripheral Vision, Issue 6, 2017
Catamaran Literary Reader, Vol.5, Issue 3, 2017
Couzens, Julia, From Where I'm Standing, Harris Gallery exhibition essay, April 2016
Brown, Betty Ann, Offramp exhibition essay, February 4, 2016
Chipman, Jack, Southern California Abstraction Now, exhibition catalog, 2016
Artweek LA, Previews, Hilary Baker: Colossalalia, Vol. 184, November 30, 2015
Turner, Richard, Petraphilia, exhibition catalog, 2015
New American Paintings, issue 109, 2013
Owens, Maggi, The Chapman University Collections, Chapman University Press, 2011
Kelly, Danielle, Housing New Hope, Las Vegas Weekly, March 19-25, 2009
Harvey, Doug, Some Paintings, LA Weekly, January 11, 2008
Pagel, David, Around the Galleries, Los Angeles Times, August 6, 2006
Frank, Peter, Go, LA Weekly, February 16, 2006
Woodard, Josef, What Meets the Eye, essay, Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, 2006
Geer, Suvan, Hilary Baker and Amir Fallah, ArtScene, January 2006
Woodard, Josef, The Eyes Have It, Santa Barbara News-Press, May 27, 2005
Hutchison, Alice, EyeBlast: Hilary Baker and Philippa Blair, catalog essay, Cypress College, Cypress, CA, 2005
Pincus, Robert L., Super, Natural, San Diego Union-Tribune, August 14, 2003
Pincus, Robert L., Shapes Of Things To Come, San Diego Union-Tribune, February 7, 2002
Frank, Peter, Art Pick Of The Week, LA Weekly, March 2, 2001
Pincus, Robert L., Loops, Swirls And Scrapings, San Diego Union-Tribune, December 7, 2000
Crosby, Gregory, radiant city arts, Scope magazine, December 15, 1997
Greiger, Scott, Profile: Hilary Baker, Otis Alumni and Friends, Fall issue, 1996
Fitz Gibbon, John and Picot, Pierre, Sexy: Sensual Abstraction In California, 1950’s - 1990’s, exhibition catalog, Armory Center for the Arts, 1996
Pagel, David, Hit-and-Miss Affair In ‘Sexy’ Show, Los Angeles Times, February 16, 1996
Auerback, Lisa Anne, Do Ya Think It’s Sexy?, LA Reader, February 16, 1996
Frank, Peter, At Angels Gate, Four Artists Take Their Cue From Mother Nature, Long Beach Press-Telegram, May 21, 1995
Crosby, Gregory, Professor’s Guide To Kulchur, Scope Magazine, May, Vol. 4, Issue 2, 1995
O’Brien, Draza Fratto, Do You Think It’s Sexy?, Las Vegas Weekly, April 25, 1995
Kapitanoff, Nancy, Fresh From the Garden, Los Angeles Times, December 23, 1994
Stallings, Tyler, Laughing Matters, exhibition catalog, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1993
Reed, Jim, A Room With A View, exhibition catalog, Art Institute of Southern California, 1992
Curtis, Cathy, Approaching Their Marks, Los Angeles Times, November 22, 1990
Bulmer, Marge, East Meets West: Hilary Baker and Mineko Grimmer, Artweek, September 20, Vol. 21, No. 30, 1990
Geer, Suvan, Enlarging The Cultural Vocabulary, Los Angeles Times, September 10, 1990
Muchnic, Suzanne, Strange Territory, Los Angeles Times, June 22, 1990


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA
ART/OMI, New York, NY
The Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
Innovate Partners, Irvine, CA
JVC Industrial America, Inc., San Diego, CA / Mexico
Kanayama Minami Complex, Nagoya, Japan
Kauffman and Broad Home, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
Pont-Aven School of Art, Pont-Aven, France
Security Pacific National Bank, Eureka, CA
Studley Corporation, Irvine, CA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
UCLA Medical Arts Program, Los Angeles, CA
The Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


AWARDS

2001   Artist-in-Residence, Pont-Aven School of Art, France
2000   Fellow, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
1998   ART OMI International Arts Center Residency, Ghent, NY
1997   Metro Art Bookmark Project, Los Angeles, CA
1996   Fellow, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
1989   Artist-in-Residence, The Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY


EDUCATION

M.F.A. Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Study, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, CA