Mickys art welcomes Lily Alice Baker to our roster of global, emerging artists - with her first collection of works arriving at Mickys art, Armadale, in August
Based in South-East London, 23-year-old emerging talent, Lily Alice Baker, represents a new generation of young artists on the rise in the global market. Having graduated from Goldsmiths University in 2021, her abstract work is based on an intuitive, gestural style anchored in the human figure, and penetrating the existing ‘boys-only club’ that is the Abstract Expressionist movement. Her richly textured and dynamic application of paint, as well as her luxurious palette - deep blues, greens, purples and yellows - conjures the quality of Australian icon and Archibald prize-winner, Ben Quilty.
Emphatically expressive, Quilty’s work denies rumours that the painting medium is outmoded, instead becoming a vehicle for painterly meditations. His rich impasto works challenge assumptions, and explore the problematic relationship between the personal and the cultural. Similarly rooted in spontaneous gesture and abstract figuration, Lily Baker’s visceral application of oil paint acts, more specifically, as commentary on the discourse around the female body. Her work is an exploration into the subordination of the female form as an object, indulging in the romanticism of euphoric feeling whilst exposing the seediness of what goes on in the shadows.