A unique two gallery exhibition of paintings by Geoffrey Baker will be on view from June 7 through August 10. ICON Gallery and Art 52 are combining forces to show off the delightful work by this very special Fairfield artist/educator. Beloved to all who knew him, Geoffrey Baker was Professor of Art at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa from 1979 until he passed away in 2011. His spirit, humor, wit, creativity, sweetness, and appreciation for beauty touched hundreds of lives. Prior to teaching in Fairfield, Professor Baker was a well-established painter and educator in England. He taught at the Camberwell School of Art in London, where he associated with a renowned group of artists including Sir Stanley Spencer, R.B. Kitaj, Dodie Masterman, Phillip Matthews and Richard Kennedy. He displayed in galleries throughout England, including Leicester Gallery, South London Art Group, and frequently at the Royal Academy, which purchased one of his paintings. “Geoffrey Baker’s paintings are as good as anything I’ve seen in this genre, which we might describe as ‘impressionistic dream art,” says ICON Director Bill Teeple. “I think the master of this style would be Marc Chagall, but Baker gives Chagall a run for his money. The paintings celebrate memories of his childhood and stir childlike visions inside the viewer.” For more information contact Bill Teeple, bill@icon-art.org.
September & October, 2019 Fairfield Collects November & December, 2019 Duncan Brown Photography Irene Murphy Flower Paintings
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Geoffrey Baker Paintings at Two Galleries
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Hudson Collection Gallery Opens at ICON The inaugural installation in ICON’s Hudson Collection Gallery features the Anonymous Shiva Linga Paintings exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director of the 2013 Venice Biennale and associate director of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. For the Biennale installation, Gioni selected 31 paintings from the series of 71 Anonymous Shiva Linga Paintings assembled by Franck André Jamme and Feature Inc., New York. ICON’s exhibition duplicates the selection and sequence of the paintings at the Biennale. The Hudson Collection of 55 Shiva Linga paintings was donated to ICON Gallery last year by the heirs of New York gallery owner “Hudson.” It is one of the finest collections of its kind in the country. The exhibition of 67 pieces from Hudson’s original collection was shown in ICON's main gallery this spring. From now on, portions of the collection will be on display in The Hudson Collection Gallery on the ICON mezzanine. This exhibition includes a video that David T. Hanson and Allen Cobb created of the Anonymous Shiva Linga Paintings, displayed on a monitor in continuous loop accompanied by the traditional Vedic chanting of the 1,000 names of Shiva.  
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