It’s no secret that we’re huge Stephen Baker fans, having featured him on the site several times, hosted exhibitions with him, and showcased his work at our TDF Open House events!
It’s been a while between shows, but Stephen is back this month with a new collection titled, We’re In This Together. This exhibition is a first for Stephen, in the sense the paintings feature a mostly blue and green colour palette inspired by Melbourne winter. ‘I’m definitely influenced by the seasons,’ Stephen says. ‘The show before had been quite bright in colour… It felt natural to move into a cooler palette for this collection.’
In typical Stephen fashion, these works depict faceless figures in a timeless space, void of any real-world cues. ‘It’d be nice to think that these works capture a sense of partnership and the exploration of the unknown. Two figures navigating their way through uncharted territories or landscapes,’ Stephen hints.
Stephen’s art is instantly recognisable to most north-side Melburnians, having adorned the entrance of Fitzroy Swimming Pool on Alexandra Parade since 2013 (including a new addition earlier in the year). When asked about the signature characters that feature in his works, Stephen says they provide a base to work from in terms of narrative, and he imagines they will always remain a key motif in his practice. ‘The more familiar the audience becomes with them, the easy it will be for me to take people on a journey, to create relatable connections for them to explore,’ he says.
We’re In This Together
Friday October 11, 6-9pm (Opening night)
Saturday October 12 – Sunday October 20, 12pm-6pm
At The Above
Level 1, 198 Gertrude Street