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 inside.

VIEW SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND COLLECTIONS

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

Wet Day, Oil on board, 150x122 cm
Wet Day, Oil on board, 150x122 cm
Naked Bulb, Oil on board, 150x122 cm
Naked Bulb, Oil on board, 150x122 cm
Antique Vase, Oil on board, 150x122 cm
Antique Vase, Oil on board, 150x122 cm
St Leonard's, Oil on board 122x150 cm
St Leonard's, Oil on board 122x150 cm
Autumnal Arrangement, Oil and collage on board, 79x60cm
Autumnal Arrangement, Oil and collage on board, 79x60cm
Orange Hooded Raquet Tail, Oil and collage on board, 80x50cm
Orange Hooded Raquet Tail, Oil and collage on board, 80x50cm
Table and Chairs, Oil and collage on board, 120x150cm
Table and Chairs, Oil and collage on board, 120x150cm
Wine Bottle, Oil on board, 120x90cm
Wine Bottle, Oil on board, 120x90cm
Race Marker, Oil on board, 120x150cm
Race Marker, Oil on board, 120x150cm
Unlikely Macaw, Oil on board, 80x50cm
Unlikely Macaw, Oil on board, 80x50cm
White Light Shade, Oil on board, 120x150cm
White Light Shade, Oil on board, 120x150cm
White Vase, Oil and collage on board, 150x120cm
White Vase, Oil and collage on board, 150x120cm
Anniversary, 2016, Oil and collage on board, 150x120cm
Anniversary, 2016, Oil and collage on board, 150x120cm
Curly Chested Parrot, Oil on board, 120x90cm
Curly Chested Parrot, Oil on board, 120x90cm
Match Racing, Oil on board, 90x120cm
Match Racing, Oil on board, 90x120cm
Inward Bound, Oil on board, 120x150cm
Inward Bound, Oil on board, 120x150cm
Distant Ship, Oil on board, 90x120cm
Distant Ship, Oil on board, 90x120cm
Hard pressed, Queenscliff, Oil on board, 90x120cm
Hard pressed, Queenscliff, Oil on board, 90x120cm
John Baird, Spiral, oil and collage on board, 120x90cm $5500
John Baird, Spiral, oil and collage on board, 120x90cm $5500
John Baird, Coffee Cup, oil on board, 120 x 90cm, SOLD
John Baird, Coffee Cup, oil on board, 120 x 90cm, SOLD
Farm Cove, Oil on board,120x150cm
Farm Cove, Oil on board,120x150cm
Harbour, Oil and collage on board, 120x90cm
Harbour, Oil and collage on board, 120x90cm
Interior with Dog, Oil on board, 120x90cm
Interior with Dog, Oil on board, 120x90cm
John Baird, Two Hander, 0il on board, 120 x 150cm $8800
John Baird, Two Hander, 0il on board, 120 x 150cm $8800
Gaffer at North Head, Oil and collage on board, 120x120cm
Gaffer at North Head, Oil and collage on board, 120x120cm