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British artist Charming Baker is to stage his largest ever solo exhibition at Milk Studios, Los Angeles beginning March 21, 2013. Entitled Lie Down I Think I Love You, it will showcase new work exploring the unpredictable nature of love. It will comprise of 20 paintings as well as prints and sculptures. Baker will also unveil a sculptural installation depicting an oversized plastic toy passenger plane. Never having produced a work on such a scale before, this will mark a new phase in the artist's oeuvre.
The Daily Telegraph recently proclaimed that 'Baker has enjoyed one of the swiftest rises the art market has seen in recent years.' His work commands the attention of some of the world's most significant art collectors including Damien Hirst, Alberto Mugrabi, Frank Cohen and Harry Blain. Baker has achieved this without gallery representation instead taking a less conventional approach. In 2008 his work was spotted by Pat Magnarella and Roger Klein of PMMLA, the illustrious music management company behind Green Day and the Goo Goo Dolls. Recognising the parallels that there can be between rock band and fine art promotion, Magnarella flew to London to offer the artist a management deal.
It is remarkable that after only seven years of exhibiting his work to the public, Baker has achieved worldwide recognition. In 2010 with the backing of Magnarella he had a sell-out show in New York and received a similarly avid reception in London the following year. In 2012 he was chosen to participate in the V&A exhibition Britain Creates 2012: Fashion + Art Collusion in collaboration with acclaimed British designer Sir Paul Smith. His forthcoming and much-anticipated exhibition in Los Angeles will cement Baker's growing reputation as one of the most dynamic British artists of his generation.
Milk Studios stands at the crossroads of the fashion, music, photography, and film worlds. A media company based out of New York and Los Angeles - Milk spans contemporary culture and is a hub for nurturing creativity and supporting partnerships with some of the industry's most visionary talent and innovative brands.
Jealous Print Studio has collaborated with Baker to create and publish his print editions since 2008. To coincide with 'Lie Down I Think I Love You' Jealous will be curating an accompanying print room at the venue, featuring 5 brand new print releases and a pop-up studio space, printing exclusive small releases each day throughout the exhibition.
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