Beverly Baker’s drawings are created through the obsessive layering of text found in a small selection of books and magazines that she uses as reference material. The final abstract compositions generally contain only trace hints (indices indications) of their genesis in language as Baker draws continuously on the same sheet, obliterating her original words or letters with additional words, lines and color. Most of her drawings are created with ballpoint pens, colored pencils and permanent marker.
Baker, who has Down Syndrome, is a member of the Latitude Artist Community in Lexington, Kentucky, a program with the stated mission of serving all people, with an emphasis on those thought by some to have a disability. Unlike most “studio programs” for artists with disabilities, Latitude creates meaningful, inclusive community interactions and allows participating artists to contribute culturally and politically to the life of their community. Baker has been an integral member of Latitude since its founding in 2001.
Art Brut: a history of individual mythologies, curator: Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, Sao Joao da Madeira, June 18, 2016 - February 26, 2017.
Black Paintings : A Response to Jackson Pollock, site 31, Dallas, 2016.
Sur le fil, par Jean-Hubert Martin, galerie christian berst art brut & galerie Jean Brolly, du 9 avril au 22 mai, 2016.
On the Wire by Jean-Hubert Martin, christian berst art brut gallery & Jean Brolly gallery, from April 9 to May 22, 2016.
Soit 10 ans, états intérieurs, gallery christian berst art brut, Paris, from September 12 to October 21, 2015
Art brut live, DOX Centre for contemporary art, Prague, March 27th - August 17th 2015
Drawing Now 2015, salon du dessin contemporain, Carreau du Temple, Paris, 25 - 29 March 2015
Beverly baker, palimpseste, galerie christian berst art brut Paris 03 - 28 February 2015
Do the Write Thing, Read Between the Lines, galerie christian berst art brut New York, October 30th - December 21st 2014
slick art fair paris, Le Garage 17 - 21 October 2012
Rentrée hors les normes 2012, discoveries & new acquisitions, galerie christian berst September 8th - October 13th 2012
Drawing Now 2012, salon du dessin contemporain, Carrousel du Louvre, March 29th - April 1st 2012
Rentrée hors-les-normes 2010, discoveries & new acquisitions, galerie christian berst September 16th - October 16th 2010
Electricity, Singletary Center for the Arts, University of Kentucky, 2003
On the Wire by Jean-Hubert Martin, exhibition catalogue, christian berst art brut & Jean Brolly gllery, ed. christian berst art brut, Paris, 2016.
Soit 10 ans, états intérieurs exhibition catalogue (09/12-10/10/2015, christian berst art brut), Paris, christian berst art brut, 2015
Exhibition catalogue " Art brut live" DOX, Prague, March 27th - August 17th 2015
Exhibition catalogue, "Art brut collection ABCD / Bruno Decharme", Paris, La maison rouge, october 17 2014 - january 18 2015
Exhibition catalogue, "Le mur - oeuvres de la collection Antoine de Galbert", Paris, La maison rouge, june 14 - september 21 2014
Exhibition catalogue, "Rentrée hors-les-normes 2012, découvertes et nouvelles acquisitions", Paris, Galerie Christian Berst art brut, september 8 - october 13 2012
Exhibition catalogue, "Everything #4", London, The Museum of Everything, september 2 - october 25 2011
David Minton. “Her Art Disproves Her Disability”, The Lexington Herald-Leader, December 2002.
Jennifer Worley. “Paintings Speak for Local Woman”, The Woodford Sun, August 2002.
Rich Copley. “Keeping An Open Mind”, The Lexington Herald-Leader August 2000.
David Minton. “6 from Minds Wide Open art center”, The Lexington Herald-Leader, August 1999.
selective press review
- Black is the new black in Dallas art authors Rick Bretell in Dallas News, August 27, 2016.
- Church of Ballpoint: The Drawings of Beverly Baker authors Sophia Cosmadopoulos in Brut Force, November 27, 2015.
- Beverly Baker, galerie christian berst authors in News Art Today, February 17, 2015.
- Beverly Baker, Palimpseste authors François Salmeron in Paris Art, February 12, 2015.
- Beverly Baker, Palimpseste authors Bénédicte Philippe in Télérama Sortir, February 11, 2015.
- Beverly Baker, c'est Twombly équipée d'un stylo bille authors Philippe Godin in Libération, La diagonale de l'art, February 3, 2015.
- Les portes, entre ombre et prières, Beverly Baker et Jill Gallièni authors Pascal Ordonneau in Soliloques sur l'art, February 2015.
- Feeling Right at Home on the Fringe authors in The New York Times, January 31 2013.
- Rentrée hors les normes authors Philippe Dagen in Le Monde, September 9-10 2012.