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Alexandra Baraitser is a curator, painter, and founder of the Bricklayers Brunch artists network. She studied painting at Chelsea College of Art in 1995 and went on to win The Abbey Scholarship in Painting at The British School, Rome, in 1997. In 1998 she was shortlisted for The John Moores Painting prize and The Natwest Art Prize. In 2006 Baraitser was awarded Arts Council funding for a residency in Tasmania at the Museum and Design Centre, Tasmania.
Baraitser’s photo-realistic paintings are a celebration of contemporary design and architecture and are based on images she selects from old art and design publications. She writes, ‘Personality and identity is something I’ve explored throughout my career. In the course of a person’s life, their interests, clothing and furniture form the building blocks of who they are. I like to paint a subject (such as architecture or design) that I find to be beautiful and skilfully constructed, but see the painting as a particularly crafted object in itself.’
Rachael Thomas, Curator of Exhibitions, Irish Museum of Modern Art writes, ‘In a society that believes “seeing is believing”, we are inescapably bound to visual imagery. Endless “do-it-yourself” programmes allude that we are able to find happiness and perfection in an ideal sofa or a roll of wallpaper. Alexandra Baraitser’s highly controlled oil paintings are iconic; they acknowledge our desire for unattainable perfection.’
Baraitser writes in her Arthouse 1 Gallery catalogue, ‘There are various “planned” stages of working that I go through, starting with cherry-picking images from a range of vintage magazines and finishing with paint – the result is quite hyperreal. My work explores the relationship between a found image and the sensuality of paint.’
Through painting Alexandra Baraitser hopes to invite discussion of the relationship between ‘high art’ abstraction and iconic design. Baraitser has been represented by Hirschl Contemporary Art, Paton Gallery and Mark Jason Gallery. She has exhibited at Kettle’s Yard twice (1999 & 2002).
Alexandra’s work has been selected for the ArtCan Open 2019 (30th October – 10th November), Trinity Art Gallery, London. Her work is exhibited widely, notably in London (most recently at ArtHouse 1 This Instead of That, 2019 touring from Lewisham Arthouse, 2018, and Silent Painting Tripp Gallery, 2018).
Alexandra Baraitser, The Perfect 50s Housewife, 2018. Oil on canvas.
Alexandra Baraitser, Poul Henningsen in the Demonstration Room 1939, 2016. Oil on canvas.
‘The Cambridge Show’ brings together work by twenty-two artists who live or work in and around Cambridge. Showcasing a cross-section of the artistic community operating in the local area, from photography to performance, the exhibition will explore these artists’ diverse practices, and some of the themes and issues that they are engaging with right now.
17 October – Meet the artist: Alexandra Baraitser
Alexandra Baraitser, The Perfect 50s Housewife, 2018. Courtesy the artist.
Alexandra Baraitser, Poul Henningsen in the Demonstration Room 1939, 2016. Courtesy the artist.
Alexandra Baraitser in her Studio. Photo: Jasmine Photography. Courtesy the artist.