John Baird finds the quiet humour of the particular in the banality of the commonplace, creating imaginary interiors of objects of nostalgia and conviviality: tea-pots, wine bottles, flowers and arm-chairs, dogs and birds are frequent subjects, becoming players in warm tableaus of interrelationship, where pictorial and symbolic significance is shared equally between humans and their household accessories of life.

Baird gives us a body curved like a jug handle, or packed-in like a puzzle, and furniture that looks like it could walk, as objects and their environment mimic each other in a contained world of the imagination where the stories of people and objects intermingle.

The use of collage and wall-paper elements physically incorporates objects, or beings, as extensions of the interior space; a wall papered bird may be part of a wall, its plumage an interior camouflage, while the wall –paper contributes its own life story of another vanished interior. The painted surfaces are flattened, the colours high key and edged with black, evoking cloisonné, or the wood-block prints of Margaret Preston.

Venturing outside of his cosy interiors, Baird invites us to explore the childhood idyll of the park, and finally, the bracing outside world of racing yachts and open sea horizons. In contrast to the interiors, this is the world of nature and action, a world of escapism perhaps, but not the imaginary. Colours are fresh, clear and relatively naturalistic, in the wide open spaces that are the antithesis of the interior.

VIEW SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS

JOHN BAIRD

Born Melbourne 1954

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2016 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne, Paintings & Ceramics
2016 Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, John Baird
2015 Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, John Baird
2014 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne, New Paintings
2014 Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, John Baird
2013 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne, Paintings
2012 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne, Recent Paintings
2011 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne, Paintings
2010 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne Recent Works
2008 Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, John Baird
2007 Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, John Baird
2006 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne, Recent Paintings
2005 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne Sculpture & Paper
2004 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne Paintings & Sculpture
2003 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne John Baird
2002 Eastgate Gallery, Melbourne Recent Paintings
1992 A.R.T Gallery, Melbourne, Aspects of Fatherhood
1990 Australian Embassy, Paris, John R Baird Peinture
1989 Roar Studios, Melbourne John R Baird Paintings
1987 Roar Studios, Melbourne, Fertility

COLLECTIONS

National Gallery of Victoria
Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum
Artbank
Bell Potter Group
Private collections in Australia & overseas

John Baird, Antique Vase, 2016, oil on board, 150x122cm SOLD
John Baird, Antique Vase, 2016, oil on board, 150x122cm SOLD
John Baird, Naked Bulb, 2016, oil on board, 150x122cm SOLD
John Baird, Naked Bulb, 2016, oil on board, 150x122cm SOLD
John Baird, Wet Day, 2016, oil on board, 150x122cm SOLD
John Baird, Wet Day, 2016, oil on board, 150x122cm SOLD
John Baird, Two Hander, oil on board, 120 x 150cm $8800
John Baird, Two Hander, oil on board, 120 x 150cm $8800
John Baird, Two Seater BMW, 2017, oil on board, 90x120cm $5500
John Baird, Two Seater BMW, 2017, oil on board, 90x120cm $5500
Jophn Baird, Table and Chairs, oil and collage on board, 120x150cm $8800
Jophn Baird, Table and Chairs, oil and collage on board, 120x150cm $8800
John Baird, White Light Shade, oil on board, 120x150cm $8800
John Baird, White Light Shade, oil on board, 120x150cm $8800
John Baird print, Unlikely Parrot, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 86x65cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Unlikely Parrot, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 86x65cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Unlikely Lorikeet, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 86x65cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Unlikely Lorikeet, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 86x65cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Pink Floral, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 91x86cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Pink Floral, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 91x86cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Interior with Apple, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 68x85cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Interior with Apple, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 68x85cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Shelf, 2016, ed.100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 64x96cm image, framed, $1950
John Baird print, Shelf, 2016, ed.100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 64x96cm image, framed, $1950
John Baird print, Coastal View, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 64x96cm image, framed $1950
John Baird print, Coastal View, 2016, ed. 100, pure pigment print on archival paper, 64x96cm image, framed $1950